The Magic Number

18-year-olds should be viewed as legal adults

+By Christina Voth

The age of 18 is the year of many opportunities. It’s the age of consent, voting age, and the age of legal adulthood. The age of 18 was legally labeled as the age of adulthood because of the ability to vote given to 18 year olds by the 26 Amendment. Why should people who are still legally considered children be able to vote? The simple answer; they shouldn’t. Since its been determined that 18 is old enough to help shape countries and fight in wars, then 18 is old enough to be an adult. 

Some 18-year-olds aren’t completely mature, but age doesn’t equal maturity. Maturity is something that is gained at different rates. Part of becoming mature is transitioning from being dependent on your parents to being independent and taking care of yourself and your future, something 18-year-olds are capable of doing. 

Some may be concerned because a person’s brain development doesn’t start to slow until they are in their mid-twenties, but that’s another reason why 18 is the best age to become an adult. An 18-year-old’s brain is still developing and the brain’s development is shaped by experiences, learning how to become a functioning adult while our brains are still developing could help us in the long run. It’s also common knowledge that the older we get the harder it is to learn or make changes because of years of repetition. 18 should be the age of adulthood because it’s an age where we make some of our most important decisions while we can still learn from our mistakes. 

Reaching adulthood is about becoming independent, and 18 is the perfect time for people to gain that independence. It would be harder to become independent after 20 or more years of being taken care of. 18-year-olds should be considered adults because of the decisions they make and the their new responsibilities.

Age 21 is the practical age to be considered an adult

+By Riley Richter

Have you ever heard someone say, ‘I’m finally an adult?’ How old were they 13? 18? 21? But what is the right age to be considered an adult? In my opinion you should be considered an adult at 21 for many reasons.

 The biggest thing most people look forward to when they turn 21 is to be able to legally drink. I think this signifies becoming an adult because you must be responsible with how you use this privilege. Being able to legally drink can affect others if you don’t use it in the right way. If you start to drink at a younger age, it can lead to brain damage. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking at a younger age could result to short term memory loss, and possibly leading to Alzheimer’s disease. 

Believe it or not at 21 you can adopt a child in most states. Taking care of a child takes a lot of time, patience, and most importantly responsibility and maturity. Along with taking care of the child you have to pay bills, provide food, while maintaining a job to pay for all of this. You must be committed to adopt a child as it will take most of your time. The government chose the age of 21 because they felt you would be mature enough and responsible enough to do so. 

Along with being able to adopt a child you are now able to get married without a parents consent. Getting married shows just how responsible you are since you have to pay your own bills, and provide for yourself. You also must get along with your partner and be able to solve problems on your own. To do this you must be responsible and mature, which in my opinion shows you are mature enough to be considered an adult.

All of these reasons prove that age 21 is the best age to be considered an adult. 21 is not to old and not to young, it is the perfect age.