According to a study conducted by Fly Research and published by The Independent, the average Brit doesn’t feel like a grown-up until they are 29 years old. Our age of adulthood is 18 but we have around 11 years to be a wanderlust and form our own identity.
2000 people ages 18 years and older were asked what they thought were “signifiers of adulthood.”
68% said picking up the keys to a new home, 63% said becoming a parent, 52% said getting married.
Other signs included having a joint bank account, not going out and partying and enjoying DIY.
Sociologist Dr Frank Furedi of the University of Kent said, “More adults than ever before are leaving it later in life to move out from the parental home, get married or have children… The research shows that what people really believe constitutes being an ‘adult’ are actually significant life events that give them adult responsibilities. Up until that point, regardless of their actual age, they are still perceived adolescents.”
It’s not really about the age itself but the milestones you have experienced. I agree.
Top 10 signs of becoming an adult:
1. Buying your first home (64 per cent say this signifies being a grown-up)
2. Becoming a parent (63 per cent)
3. Getting married (52 per cent)
4. Paying into a pension (29 per cent)
5. Becoming house proud (22 per cent)
6. Taking out life insurance (21 per cent)
7. Looking forward to a night in (21 per cent)
8. Doing DIY (18 per cent)
9. Hosting dinner parties (18 per cent)
10. Having a joint bank account (17 per cent)
Top 10 reasons for NOT feeling like an adult:
1. Relying on parents (42 per cent agree)
2. Living at home longer (36 per cent)
3. Playing computer games (31 per cent)
4. Watching children’s movies like Inside Out or Frozen (30 per cent)
5. Watching cartoons (29 per cent)
6. Fear growing up and taking responsibility (28 per cent)
7. Not wanting a real or a 9-5 job (22 per cent)
8. Desire to travel and see the world (20 per cent)
9. Idolizing juvenile role model adults (20 per cent)
10. A lack of real life education (19 per cent)