Should 16 year olds be considered as adults?
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Do you guys believe that 16 years of age should be the threshold of adulthood instead of 18 years?
Round 1: pro
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." 
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.
Amisha11 forfeited this round.
16-year-olds should not be considered adults.
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