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Should 16 year olds be considered as adults?

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Started: 3/24/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Do you guys believe that 16 years of age should be the threshold of adulthood instead of 18 years?

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Round 2: con


First, what does "adult" mean? According to the OED, "adult" means...

1. Grown up, having reached the age of maturity.
2. Of persons: characteristically mature in attitude, outlook, etc.; also, befitting or suitable for adults, as opp. to children or youngsters.

No, I don't believe that 16-year-olds should be considered adults. 18-year-olds shouldn't even be considered adults. Based on scientific evidence, the "age of maturity" should be 25.

"The rational part of a teen's brain isn't fully developed and won't be until he or she is 25 years old or so.

In fact, recent research has found that adult and teen brains work differently. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain's rational part. This is the part of the bran that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. Teens process information with the amygdale. This is the emotional part.

In teen's brains, the connections between the emotional part of the brain and the decision-making center are still developing. That's why when teens are under overwhelming emotional input, they can't explain later what they were thinking. They weren't thinking as much as they were feeling." [1]

16-year-olds are more mature than 12-year-olds or 14-year-olds, and therefore they should be allowed more freedoms and responsibilities. However, 16-year-olds still require a lot of guidance, advice, supervision, structure, external rules, etc. They should not be considered adults.


Debate Round No. 1


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16-year-olds should not be considered adults.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by Zarium 2 years ago
Agreed - look at any 14 year olds facebook and you know for sure they are not mature - however they are also being raised with the expectation of not being an adult until they are 18, which sort of loops in our mind that any uber-18's are immature.

In certain scenarios, i have witnessed children making concious decisions that i doubt even the most mature adult would quail at the thought.
Posted by Blade0886 2 years ago
Very subjective indeed. 14 year-olds typically don't take adult decisions in my mind, but I guess some are mature enough. This can't be decided on, except by defining the upper limit by which one assumes at least 99% of the normally developed humans have the ability to make adult decisions.
Posted by Zarium 2 years ago
Easy to postulate, Yes - Technically at the age of 14 a human is considered an adult within biological terms

Their body is still developing, however actions, responses and drives become attuned to an 'human adult' .

Cultures around the world recognize their adolescence as adults at this age, some go longer, some go shorter.

Truth is, Human's age at their own rate - some have body hair that is not expected until they reach adulthood - at age 8!
It is a subjective discussion that people try to view objectively.
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