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The age science says you’re a responsible adult

A new survey has revealed that we don’t truly become adults until our mid-twenties.

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The age science says you’re a responsible adult

The survey carried out by the National Youth Board for the National Citizen Service (NCS), suggests we don’t truly become adults until the age of 26.

More than 2,000 adults over the age of 25 participated in the study, with over a third (38%) of those polled saying they still rely on their parents or guardians.

Nuala McNally, who sits on the board, said: “There are a number of factors which may contribute to young people finding independence later now than ever before.

“It’s much harder for us to leave our parents’ and guardians’ homes for the first time, meaning less opportunity to put practical skills such as budgeting.

“In addition, a lot of us are choosing to stay in education longer, which is great as more people are academically investing in their future. ‘However, it means we have less ‘real world’ experience.”

Signs your an adult

  • Being able to budget efficiently
  • Being financially independent, and paying your own bills
  • Booking your own doctor and dentist appointments
  • Being comfortable talking to people
  • Not having a curfew

So have you qualified as an adult yet?

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Tracy Hardy

Tracy has been a digital content producer for the past 9 years. Mum of two boys, slowly finding her way through the tween and teen years at the same time. Beach lover. Terrible housekeeper. Tea drinker. Wine sipper, who sadly can't eat cheese or ice cream. Life is cruel!