This is referred to as ‘acting up’ or being ‘a grown up’. The challenge, however, is the question about the actual age they demonstrate these qualities. The distinction in age between late adolescent and early/young adulthood is very slim. This poses the question; when does one begin acting up?
In essence, it is difficult to answer this question unless one really understands what maturity is all about. The Oxford dictionary defines maturity as a psychological term that refers to a person’s ability to respond to environmental circumstances in an appropriate manner. How appropriate one behaves in presence of peers or older generation counterparts is the gauge used to measure maturity. Maturity is thus a relative term. Society does not define its norms in-laws but by conventional unwritten ideals that characterize everyone. People who disregard these ideals are thus viewed as immature. For the young adult, however, the challenge comes in that he or she is viewed by a sphere of society as an overgrown teenage while another school of thought would regard to them as immature adults. Where to align oneself with regard to the societal mirror thus becomes a challenge (Burzette, R. G. (2007).
The end of adolescence and the beginning of adulthood varies from country to country and depends on what is often referred to as the ‘majority age’. For most countries, this age is accepted as 18 years while some have it at 16 and others at 21. By being accorded the privileges to participate in the democratic process by voting and vying for elective seats such as college representatives and community/church leaders, young adults assume the role of being the key force that steers the community. In their transition from adolescent to adulthood, adolescents undergo a number of developmental stages crucial to life. The adolescent is characterized by raging hormones and often misunderstood as confused.