ADULT AGE AND MATURITY DISPARITY 3
AdultAge and Maturity Disparity
AdultAge and Maturity Disparity
Maturityis a relative concept that cannot be fixed at a specific age,especially during the transition between childhood and adolescence toadulthood. The relativity of maturity is the main reason for thedisparity that is set over three year’s time. The relativity posesa challenge for the government to determine the exact age at which aperson is deemed to be mature and accountable for his or her actions.Despite the challenge, the government is able to estimate thematurity of the majority of people and determine three age limitsone at eighteen years, twenty one and twenty four. These three levelsof age are considered as maturity levels for people that qualifiesthem to different responsibilities.
Thedifference in the years is informed by the belief that there is adifference in maturity between a person who is eighteen years old andtwenty-one years old. This is because, at eighteen years, a person isconsidered to be still influenced by the emotions of adolescence,especially in decision making. At age eighteen, a person’spsychosocial and emotional well being is significantly affected bythe adolescent forces that influence people at the teen ages. Some ofthese pressures include peer influence and irrational thinking. As aresult of this belief, it is logical that there is a differencebetween maturity levels of a person when at eighteen years of age andwhen he or she is at twenty-one years.
Atthe same time, the age disparity is exhibited by the differences thatpeople show in terms of maturity. While some people mature at ayounger age, others take longer to mature. This is the samephenomenon that is observed in educational qualifications, where someget higher education at a lower age than others who take longer.Since the government cannot set ages based on the specifics of eachperson, the government adopts three fixed age limits. While these agelimits are not accurate, they are the most appropriate estimate thegovernment can use to qualify people to independence, full privilegesand financial independence.
Therefore,a person can be independent at the age of eighteen but not fullymature to gain all the privileges at that age. A person can only beconsidered fully independent and responsible for his or herprivileges at the age of twenty-one years old. This is because at theage of twenty-one, a person has more experiences in life that teachhim other how to handle the freedoms that come about with theindependence granted at age eighteen. At age twenty-one, a person isable to comprehend the consequences of the choices he or she makeswithout the influence of the teenage pressures. Moreover, at agetwenty-one, a person has the right education, especially for thosewho are informal learning institutions.
Theseviews are differently debated depending on the maturity levels of theperson addressing them and the person being considered. While somepeople advocate for full independence and privileges at a youngerage, others stick to the disparity in the maturity age. Those whoadvocate for younger age tend to mature earlier and became moreresponsible at a younger age than the set ages of eighteen,twenty-one and twenty-four. It would be challenging for thegovernment to determine the exact age when all people in the societymature. Therefore, it is prudent to accept and maintain the agedisparity of the three years after eighteen towards twenty-four.