The Null Device

Does adolescence now extend into the 30s, or is that just something that powerful lobbies want us to think?
Both Hall and Erikson assumed that once you achieved maturity, you left home. Thus the end of adolescence came to mean getting a job, leaving home and having a family, and its endpoint fluctuated not because of any biological changes -- boys and girls still reach physical maturity, on average, at about age 18 -- but for reasons of the economy and social custom.

(Perhaps they need a term for the stage between adolescence, with its biological changes, and "high adulthood" or "mortgaged breederdom" or whatever one calls it.)

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Posted by: kenny http:// Thu Jan 3 20:55:09 2002

i remember this <a href="">salon interview</a> with michael lewis about <a href="">neoteny</a> that boing boing posted awhile back. i heard it's becoming a real problem in italy where increasingly men have just stayed home, even well into their 40s.

Posted by: acb Fri Jan 4 03:45:35 2002

Neoteny: it's not just for raver kids anymore.

Posted by: abu hazmat al amriki http:// Fri Jan 4 03:54:59 2002

Neoteny Or Monotony

Posted by: ePaul http:// Fri Jan 4 06:51:24 2002

I call it: "Keeping Your Hardcore"

Posted by: mihaly http:// Fri Jan 4 16:12:49 2002

After 30 it becomes more difficult to justify your encumbrance of your elders, especially after a hard nights dancing

Well, you could always use the standard repost: I was just dancin' Mom,

good luck. they should have chucked (sorry - thrown) you out before they turned sorrowfully back to their own remembrences and given you sad fucks the better of their minds. Benefit of What Doubt? what doubt had you? what would it's benefit donr you? you have no doubt good on you. live without it and know no love either always confused without a great love nor great loss this is your load until you you find yourself