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  • Boyz 2 Men, Not

    03/14/2014 6:10:38 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 11, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Usually, denizens of that epicenter of arrested adolescence—academia—can’t notice that trend in society at large, or even in their own back yards, or campuses. Gary Cross is an exception to the rule. “For some time, we’ve been seeing a curious trend: Young adults are attempting to delay adulthood, while preteen children are hurrying—or being hurried—into the roles and attitudes of young adults,” Cross writes in The Chronicle Review. “It’s no accident that child psychologists have extended their definition of adolescence into the 20s or that primary-school kids are pushed into beauty pageants where they are dressed like Miss America.” “As...
  • They Don’t Make Senior Citizens Like They Used To

    01/19/2014 8:07:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies ^ | January 18, 2014 | Chuck Gruenwald
    From the generation that had produced college students who had taken over their schools during the Vietnam era comes a new line of old people: seniors who have made it a daily ritual to take over a Queens, New York McDonald’s. Yes, there is a group of older people who arrive at this McDonald’s as soon as the doors are unlocked, and then they sit, and sit – some stay until closing time. This is definitely a problem for McDonald’s management, since the purpose of a business is to make a profit. When a group of people create a human...
  • Government encourages Peter Pan Syndrome

    10/09/2013 3:20:47 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 2 replies
    Hendricks County Flyer ^ | Taylor Armerding
    I’m waiting for the American Psychological Association to declare that Peter Pan Syndrome is not only nothing to be ashamed of, but something to celebrate. Why should those in what used to be called the young adult years bother to grow up, when our benevolent government is encouraging them to remain dependent well into their 20s? In this, the first leg of our glorious new non-workers’ paradise of Obamacare, there are dozens — probably hundreds — of ways that the new regime will make health care less effective, more expensive, less efficient, more dysfunctional, more confusing and more byzantine. But...
  • Millennials With No Home of Their Own

    08/09/2013 11:52:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | August 9, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    Every generation confronts its own obstacles. My parents eloped because they couldn't afford to get married, and they hid the nuptials from their families for a year. They finally bought a big bed and moved it into the house of my father's parents. They were grateful for a nice room, but Mom suffered the lack of independence, and she didn't like having to help my grandmother in the kitchen with the kosher meals. It was a hardscrabble time. My father clashed with his father, and soon my parents found a small apartment, and a male friend moved in to share...
  • Men mature at approximately age 43, British study confirms

    06/11/2013 5:11:49 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 123 replies
    The Province ^ | June 11, 2013
    A British study has identified the age at which men finally grow up -- and it's 43. That's 11 years later than their female counterparts, according to research commissioned by Nickelodeon UK. Men demonstrate their immaturity by being amused at farts and burps and playing video games, among other things, said women who participated in the survey. Not being able to cook simple meals, re-telling the same old stories and jokes when out with the boys, and owning a skateboard or BMX were also high on the list. Nickelodeon UK released the results in support of its launch of a...
  • Why men are in trouble

    10/04/2011 3:44:30 PM PDT · by G Larry · 75 replies
    CNN.COM ^ | Oct. 4, 2011 | William J. Bennett
    For the first time in history, women are better educated, more ambitious and arguably more successful than men. Now, society has rightly celebrated the ascension of one sex. We said, "You go girl," and they went. We celebrate the ascension of women but what will we do about what appears to be the very real decline of the other sex?
  • Going Directly From Adolescence to Senility

    09/14/2011 8:16:28 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 5 replies ^ | 09-15-11 | stolinsky
      Going Directly From Adolescence to Senility David C. Stolinsky Sept. 15, 2011 I once remarked that I intended to go directly from adolescence to senility, bypassing adulthood entirely. Yes, it was a joke, but the underlying facts aren’t at all amusing. We seem to be trying to make my joke a reality. A few good people can help pull up a civilization, and a few bad ones can help pull it down. But in statistics, there is a phenomenon called “regression toward the mean.” A few outliers can pull the figures one way or the other, but over...
  • Democratic Activists Plan Protest to Dump Trash at Boehner's Home Saturday.

    04/08/2011 1:52:23 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/8/21
    Democratic activists, angry that Washington residents pay taxes but have no voting representation in Congress, have set up a Facebook page to urge protesters to dump their trash outside Boehner's home if the government shuts down Friday night.
  • Ron Paul doesn't disappoint: Stands up for Assange

    12/05/2010 4:01:54 AM PST · by Scanian · 31 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 04, 2010 | Rick Moran
    Well, at least he's consistent. Consistently nutty, that is: "In a free society we're supposed to know the truth," Paul said. "In a society where truth becomes treason, then we're in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it." "This whole notion that Assange, who's an Australian, that we want to prosecute him for treason. I mean, aren't they jumping to a wild conclusion?" he added. "This is media, isn't it? I mean, why don't we prosecute The New York Times or anybody that releases this?" That's the high school freshman's take...
  • Church Planter Tackles Men Who Won't Grow Up

    12/04/2010 8:33:21 AM PST · by wmfights · 47 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | December 3, 2010 | Michelle A. Vu
    A St. Louis pastor and respected church planter raised the alarm about a societal problem he calls “ban,” which are males that are not quite boys nor men in their maturity level. A ban is “somewhere in between” a boy and a man and can take the form of a 30-something male playing three hours of video games a day. “I personally believe that the reason we have a societal crisis with men is because we do not have strong churches that draw out trained, equipped, empowered, challenged men,” said Darrin Patrick, pastor of the Journey Church in St. Louis...
  • End of the Culture Wars

    06/28/2010 9:56:29 AM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 23 replies · 3+ views
    NY Post ^ | 062710 | KYLE SMITH
    You know something is changing in American mores when the supposed leader of the culture wars from the right, Sarah Palin, declares that smoking pot is “a minimal problem” and that “if somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in.”
  • The Decline of Maturity

    10/14/2009 6:17:13 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 8 replies · 640+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Wed. Oct. 14, 2009 | Barbara Kay
    Cultural observer Joseph Epstein pinpoints the transition from adulthood to adolescence as American culture's default "moral condition" in the decade following the 1951 publication of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. In his 2004 essay, The Perpetual Adolescent, Epstein notes: "Salinger's novel exalts the purity of youth and locates the enemy... in those who committed the sin of growing older, [Holden Caulfield's] parents, his brother ... and just about everyone who has passed beyond adolescence and had the rather poor taste to remain alive." Adolescence as the new adulthood is a widespread but thankfully not a universal phenomenon....
  • Rating High on Hollywood's List: Immature Audiences

    08/25/2009 7:17:53 AM PDT · by Bean74 · 41 replies · 1,017+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 23, 2009 | Ann Hornaday
    If 2009 is remembered for anything in American cinema, it might be as the year grown-ups and Hollywood finally agreed to call it quits. This is the year when such slick, star-driven, adult-oriented movies as "State of Play," "Duplicity," "The International" and "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" underperformed at the box office. And when talking-toy movies like "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "G.I. Joe" raked in millions. Suddenly, movies for grown-ups are in the cross hairs. "I'm caught up all in it," Spike Lee said recently with a rueful laugh, noting that the sequel to his 2006...
  • For Mature Audiences Only

    07/21/2009 12:07:21 AM PDT · by neverdem · 75 replies · 2,626+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 21, 2009 | Randy Fardal
    Almost four decades ago, the 26th Amendment lowered the US voting age to 18.  At the time, most neurologists believed that the human brain was fully developed by about age 12, so allowing Americans to vote at 18 seemed like a safe move. But parents of teenagers knew that was nonsense, and new research is confirming those parental observations.  Since the voting age was lowered in 1971, scientific advancements such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allowed researchers to get detailed three-dimensional images of developing brains. Although human brains typically reach their adult size by age 12, they are far from...
  • Study: College students lean left on politics while at school, shift right afterward

    10/13/2008 6:31:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies · 1,105+ views
    KHOU ^ | October 13, 2008
    On issues such as abortion, gay marriage and religion, college students shift noticeably to the left from the time they arrive on campus through their junior year, new research shows. The reason, according to UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, isn’t indoctrination by left-leaning faculty but rather the more powerful influence of fellow students. And at most colleges, left-leaning peer groups are more common than conservative ones. After college, students—particularly women—move somewhat back to the right politically. The research is the latest of several efforts by academics to lend analytical rigor to an emotional debate. Overall, college faculty lean left politically,...
  • College presidents seek debate on lower drinking age; critics say highway deaths would rise

    08/19/2008 1:02:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 212+ views
    Newsday ^ | August 18, 2008 | Justin Pope
    College presidents from about 100 of the nation's best-known universities, including Duke, Dartmouth and Ohio State, are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, saying current laws actually encourage dangerous binge drinking on campus. The movement called the Amethyst Initiative began quietly recruiting presidents more than a year ago to provoke national debate about the drinking age. "This is a law that is routinely evaded," said John McCardell, former president of Middlebury College in Vermont who started the organization. "It is a law that the people at whom it is directed believe is unjust...
  • Childhood now ends at 11: Study

    03/03/2008 10:52:06 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 30 replies · 118+ views
    PTI via. The Times of India ^ | 3 Mar 2008, 1218 hrs IST | PTI
    LONDON: Childhood is the golden era in one's life. But, a new study has found that it now effectively ends at the age of 11 with parents increasingly succumbing to "pester pressure" from their kids. Researchers in Britain have found that children are forcing their parents to authorise freedoms that belie their years in contrast with the traditional upbringings experienced by their moms and dads. According to the study, more and more teenagers are being allowed to drink alcohol, stay out late, sleep over at their boyfriend's or girlfriend's house and have sex, The Daily Telegraph reported on Monday. Little...
  • New "Bundled" Iraq Laws Show Legislative Maturity, Officials Say

    02/15/2008 4:12:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 185+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2008 – The passage of a “bundle” of three important laws in Iraq shows a new legislative maturity for the Iraqi parliament, Pentagon officials said here today during a news conference in which they also discussed the redeployment of troops. The three laws – an amnesty law, a provincial powers law and the Iraqi calendar year 2008 budget – passed the Council of Representatives yesterday, said Marine Lt. Gen. John Sattler, the Joint Staff director of strategic plans and operations. Sattler and Army Lt. Gen. Carter Ham, the Joint Staff director of operations, spoke during the news...
  • ADHD Breakthrough

    01/09/2008 11:21:34 AM PST · by bs9021 · 203 replies · 182+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 9, 2008 | Amanda Busse
    ADHD Breakthrough by: Amanda Busse, January 09, 2008 A new study suggests that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children may be a matter of maturity. According to the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ADHD in children is caused when portions of the brain mature at a slower pace than normal. For many, the condition eventually normalizes and nearly 80 percent of children grow out of the disorder, the researchers found. Researchers used a new image-analysis technique to measure the thickening and thinning of thousands of cortex sites in 223 children with ADHD and...
  • Peter Pan Nation

    12/11/2007 7:03:56 AM PST · by bs9021 · 53 replies · 251+ views
    Campus Report ^ | December 12, 2007 | Malcolm Kline
    Peter Pan Nation by: Malcolm A. Kline, December 11, 2007 If it seems that America’s establishment figures have been getting increasingly immature as the years go by, you are not imagining things. Gifted writer Diana West catalogues this trend to a fare-thee-well in her admirable book, The Death of the Grown-Up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization. “More than a syllabus is at stake; more than the ethnic makeup of college students is at issue; more than the feminization of the hard sciences is under consideration,” she writes. “Looking back, it becomes clear that there was a...
  • Listen To Goldwater

    08/01/2007 7:20:33 PM PDT · by Oklahoma · 24 replies · 457+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | August 1, 2007 | Quin Hillyer
    At the 1960 Republican National Convention in Chicago, Barry Goldwater famously told conservatives to "grow up." It's time we hear that message again. As in 1960, the conservative movement seems grumbling, disaffected, even downright angry -- and, most importantly, it sometimes seems more interested in complaining and moaning than in uniting, constructively, to achieve political success. What's worse is that we seem to be fighting among ourselves. Every chance we get, we take shots at other conservatives. Nobody, it seems, is good enough. We moan that nobody is another Reagan. Nobody is another Churchill. Nobody is another Washington.
  • Britney Spears offers lessons for young people

    01/17/2007 10:43:10 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 6 replies · 480+ views
    The Daily Athenaeum ^ | 01-17-2007 | Martina Fetzer
    Britney Spears has been making headlines in the past year for her questionable parenting skills and recently for her panty-less partying. While it may seem absurd to say that Spears has anything to offer young people, she does. She offers America's youth one of the best examples out there of what not to do with their lives. For those unaware, Spears burst onto the pop music scene in 1998 with her first hit, '' … Baby One More Time.'' Herein lies the first of many lessons Britney has to offer: it is important to get noticed for talent, not looks....
  • Serious Study: Immaturity Levels Rising

    06/25/2006 3:55:05 AM PDT · by glorgau · 129 replies · 2,354+ views
    Discovery News ^ | June 23, 2006 | Jennifer Viegas
    The adage "like a kid at heart" may be truer than we think, since new research is showing that grown-ups are more immature than ever. Specifically, it seems a growing number of people are retaining the behaviors and attitudes associated with youth. As a consequence, many older people simply never achieve mental adulthood, according to a leading expert on evolutionary psychiatry. Among scientists, the phenomenon is called psychological neoteny. The theory’s creator is Bruce Charlton, a professor in the School of Biology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of Medical Hypotheses, which...
  • Does Anyone Want to Be an Adult Anymore? (Up With Grups*)

    03/30/2006 7:59:55 PM PST · by SLB · 131 replies · 3,635+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | March 2006 | Adam Sternbergh
    * Also known as yupster (yuppie + hipster), yindie (yuppie + indie), and alterna-yuppie. Our preferred term, grup, is taken from an episode of Star Trek (keep reading) in which Captain Kirk et al. land on a planet of children who rule the world, with no adults in sight. The kids call Kirk and the crew “grups,” which they eventually figure out is a contraction of “grown-ups.” Let’s start with a question. A few questions, actually: When did it become normal for your average 35-year-old New Yorker to (a) walk around with an iPod plugged into his ears at all...
  • Against Eternal Youth

    11/14/2005 1:03:09 PM PST · by Frank T · 35 replies · 964+ views
    First Things ^ | Aug/Sept 2005 | Frederica Mathewes-Green
    I’m a fan of old movies, the black-and-whites from the 1930s and 1940s, in part because of what they reveal about how American culture has changed. The adults in these films carry themselves differently. They don’t walk and speak the way we do. It’s often hard to figure out how old the characters are supposed to be—as though they were portraying a phase of the human life-cycle that we don’t have any more. Take the 1934 film Imitation of Life. Here Claudette Colbert portrays a young widow who builds a successful business. (Selling pancakes, actually. Well, it’s more believable if...
  • Have You Bought the Conventional Wisdom? (Election Was "A Referendum On Maturity, Not Morality")

    11/16/2004 7:24:04 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 13 replies · 599+ views ^ | 11/15/04 | T. Bevan
    There are three groups that really want you to believe that the religious right and "moral values" were the driving forces in this election: 1) the religious right 2) liberals and 3) the media. All three have a vested interest in cementing the conventional wisdom that this was the election of the "values voter." Group 1 obviously wants to overstate its role in the election to increase its power and influence on the political process. Groups 2 and 3 cling to the "values voter" theme to help rationalize what happened on election day and to paint the Republican party as...
  • Rumsfeld Praises Iraqi Security Forces, Says to Expect Ups and Downs

    05/11/2004 2:23:17 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 6 replies · 907+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | May 11, 2004 | Donna Miles
    Rumsfeld Praises Iraqi Security Forces, Says to Expect Ups and Downs By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, May 11, 2004 — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld praised the progress being made in training the new Iraqi security forces for their critical role in their country's future, but warned naysayers that it's unrealistic to expect too much too quickly. Rumsfeld told service members, DoD civilians and government contractors at a Pentagon town hall meeting today that they're likely to hear "mixed" reviews of Iraq's security forces in the weeks ahead. This, he said, is because they've been recruited quickly, have...
  • Issues of Spirituality

    04/01/2004 6:27:35 AM PST · by Frapster · 4 replies · 144+ views
    e-mail | 3/30/04 | Jeff Floyd
    Today Issues of Spirituality - Part 1 "And concerning the spiritual things, brethren, I do not wish you to be ignorant" (1 Corinthians 12:1 YGB). How vulnerable we are to the assortment of biblical translations available today; often not realizing that translations almost inevitably are also interpretations delineating the translators' particular viewpoint on specific issues. Our text in this message is one that has suffered from a variety of interpretations through translation. One can be subject to considerable confusion about the real meaning of our text simply because of the broad discrepancies existing in translation. For example, King James translated...
  • Quote of the Day

    09/24/2003 9:51:38 PM PDT · by Optimist · 4 replies · 196+ views
    “Crabbed Age and Youth,” Virginibus Puerisque and Later Essays, p. 67 (1969) ^ | between 1874–1879 | Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)
    QUOTATION: To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser.
  • A Good Son: College Athlete Balances School, Basketball, Diabetes, Caring for Blind Mom

    12/13/2002 1:26:14 AM PST · by constable tom · 1 replies · 429+ views ^ | 12/12/02 | Wayne Drehs
    Thursday, December 12, 2002 A future once fuzzy comes into focus -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Wayne Drehs ATHENS, Ohio -- The robe was royal blue, cotton, with tiny blue leaves across it. Perfect for a mom to climb out of bed and stumble to breakfast in. But here, in the center of this sleepy college town's shiny new Wal-Mart, a 6-foot-8, 275-pound man takes the robe off a plastic hanger, slips it over his arms and ties it around his waist like some sort of Hugh Hefner wannabe. You'll never know until you try it. Delvar Barrett can attest that life...