The Culture of Extended Adolescence

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Posted in category Idiocracy

For this post, it’s appropriate to start off with two quotes from the article:

Child psychologists are being given a new directive which is that the age range they work with is increasing from 0-18 to 0-25.

…”There’s an increasing number of adults who are watching children’s movies in the cinema,” says Furedi. “If you look at children’s TV channels in America, 25% of the viewers are adults rather than children.”

One sociology professor, Frank Furedi, goes against the politically correct grain to note that young people are being infantilised and coddled to the point where they have lost the desire for independence from Mommy and Daddy.

“I think that what it is, is not that the world has become crueller, it’s just that we hold our children back from a very early age. When they’re 11, 12, 13 we don’t let them out on their own. When they’re 14, 15, we hover all over them and insulate them from real-life experience. We treat university students the way we used to treat school pupils, so I think it’s that type of cumulative effect of infantilisation which is responsible for this.”

I think Furedi would like Lenore Skenazy’s perspective on this topic – I know I do. I have a whole section of my blog dedicated to topics centered around this inane trend.

One topic the article doesn’t cover is the bizarre culture wherein the child becomes the leader (barely) and the parent “best friends” the child, becomes the follower, and lives his or her life as a narcissistic 20-something again, thinking that the aging clock has been turned back like a time machine. This also prolongs the inevitable – millennial adults forever living at home, escaping financial responsibility by blowing their dough on ‘fantasy must haves’ while the parents subsidize their real-world expenses. The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article (‘What’s the Netflix Password Again, Mom?) about millennials perpetually staying on the ‘family plan’ for phone, data, movies, and finances. Thanks to Travis Holte for the link.

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5 Responses to The Culture of Extended Adolescence

  1. Michael Sparks says:

    September 26th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Karen, again your tell it like it is no nonsense way of writing just tickles me. Seems like when I was growing up if I wanted things I needed to work. I’m thankful that my parents instilled good work ethic sometimes almost to my detriment. I’ve gotten past that now since I’ve even further heighten my work ethic because I care about my boss more than any job. My boss is me and working is what I do!

    We need to get these “kids” to work and off the tit as they would say and society would be a better place.

  2. weak stream says:

    September 26th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Karen, have you ever read Frank Furedi’s excellent book “Politics of Fear”? It’s a fascinating read that covers such ideas gripping the general public such as TINA (there is no alternative) to cultural and economic ‘permanentism’. The political idiots play this stuff up to the maximum. I wanted to comment on Furedi’s book in reference to your post on ‘nut hysteria’ but it looks like his name popped up on this post. I think the ‘extended adolescence’ is yet another moronic characteristic of the Safety Society.

  3. Karen De Coster says:

    September 27th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Weak Stream – wow, had not seen the book. Looks great. In my Amazon cart……..thanks for that tip.

  4. Lawrence Ludlow says:

    September 29th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Glad to see that the long-awaited (and needed) meltdown has finally arrived. The political atmosphere in Detroit has long been that of a toilet that needs flushing. At last! I linked to your blog when writing about my Detroit experience at the new STR blog at
    Best of luck.

  5. Lawrence Ludlow says:

    September 29th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    PS: Your Rust to Riches blog is difficult to post. And that’s the one I linked to.

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