Responsibility is a state of mind when you feel attached to other people and feel obligated to help them. Different states have considered responsibility without definite age. For instance, there are situations where children who have been left alone try and fend for themselves without any help. They mature and learn to be responsible from a tender age. According to them, there is no age where they will be more responsible. However, each states government has set the expected age where young people will be ready for responsibilities. However, this may be quite difficult as people mature at different rates. What should be the ideal age for responsibilities? Psychologists and sociologists have come up with the most recommended age being 18, but there are different age transitions.
In most states, being 18 comes with a great responsibility on the individuals. They are given the legal responsibilities of voting and identification as adults. They are believed to be mature and responsible enough to handle matters appropriately. Based on the psychology theory, puberty ends at the age of 17 and at 18; they are mature and can assume responsibilities. However, human beings live in different environments which shape them to transition differently even though they may have the same age. The demands the society puts on individuals will determine how fast they mature. You may find some 18 year olds still behaving like adolescents as they have not yet ready to handle life situations.
Responsibility at 18 may vary with the individual. Most of them still live with their parents and are provided with everything without working for it. They are still attached to their parents, friends’ with the same age group or younger. These individuals’ cognitive skills are not well developed and may find it harder to communicate or hold mature conversations with others. Few of them are able to make sound decisions too concerning their future or education and may always seek the approval of their parents.
Additionally, most 18 year olds are in college. Their parents are struggling to pay their fees and provide for them and their level of dependence is much. They have fewer interactions with older people as the company they keep is less or equal to them. They have not yet realized what is expected of them in the society at large rather than good grades. A few may be mature by working and paying their own fees and other needs. However, this transition age is not effective as it forces teenagers to grow fast and miss their youth affairs. They also make wrong decisions on most issues.
Some states have advocated for the age of 21 as the legal age for responsibilities. These individuals are seen to be more mature and it’s when their parents teach them and guide them in making sensible decisions. They are given the chance to express themselves and have conversations with other people. Most casinos and alcohol joints allow them take alcohol .However, at 21; most people are in the self realization stage. Learning how to talk or dress and that’s the point the society views them as less sensible. They are mostly in college and have less experience in life. On the other hand, due to the alcohol consumption, they are viewed as disrespectful with weak character which makes them immature. Since their brain is still developing, they may behave like adolescents and understanding or trusting them is way beyond.
Some psychologists want the age of responsibility to be 25. Since in the early 20s the brain functions are still growing, individuals in that gap are still immature. To them, the adolescent period should range from age 10-24. In this category, if the young people understand they are still developing, they will have more chances of making mistakes and learning from them and transition to adulthood when they are ready to handle responsibilities in the right manner. According to research, adolescent desires do not come to an end after puberty but until the age of 25. Most individuals at this stage are driven by pre-frontal cortex, which is still developing to experiment. They are not ready to reason as adults by handling a stable job, having a family or paying bills.
As you have seen, age of responsibility greatly varies and
there is no definite age that is effective be it 18, 21 or 25. Maturity should
not be decided depending on the majority age but on the responsibility of the
individuals. Parents have a task of helping their children be responsible
people in society by teaching how and allowing them be responsible from a