All children, except one, grow up."
Thus begins J.M. Barrie's famous novel, Peter Pan. But while this statement was once exceedingly true, popular trends seem to be calling it into question, and if nothing else, it seems that children mature much later than was once the case.
An Adolescent Until 24?
Evidence of this can be seen in the Obamacare stipulation that young people can stay on their parents' health care plan until age 26, or the fact that the number of driver's licenses is declining among the young.
But now it seems that the push to delay adulthood has extended to medical professionals. Writing in the medical journal Lancet, Dr. Susan Sawyer and other researchers opine that biological information and social trends suggest a need for adolescence to continue into an individual's mid-twenties: