What defines being an adult? Well, according to the law it’s when a person hits the age of 18, but when do you actually start feeling like an adult? Is it when you do your first load of laundry or hit up the grocery store when you move out?
It’s neither of those things, according to one university professor.
Rebekah Fitzsimmons taught an ‘Adulting’ class in 2016, about coming of age in 21st century America. The class, which consisted of the younger side of the millennial generation, largely believed adulthood didn’t begin after graduating from college or getting your first job, but when a baby enters the picture.
“I joked with him that my definition was, you’re paying your own rent, you have your health insurance. That’s what I think being an adult is,” Rebekah told Business Insider. “But they said, you know, once you have kids, that’s it — you’re definitely an adult.”
This makes sense, considering a record number of millennials are putting off that particular milestone.
One reason for this shift, according to Rebekah, is that college has become more accessible for young people and this increased access to education means putting off traditional milestones like owning a home, getting married and having kids. (They probably have debt to thank for that, too.)
Was there a milestone that made you feel like adult?