02006-06-27 | Nature, World | 2 comments

Immaturity Level Rising in Adults
New research is showing that grown-ups are more immature than ever. From the article: ‘Specifically, it seems a growing number of people are retaining the behaviors and attitudes associated with youth. As a consequence, many older people simply never achieve mental adulthood, according to a leading expert on evolutionary psychiatry.’
(Via Slashdot)

Here are a couple of little quotes from that article:

“People such as academics, teachers, scientists and many other professionals are often strikingly immature outside of their strictly specialist competence in the sense of being unpredictable, unbalanced in priorities, and tending to overreact.”

The faults of youth are retained along with the virtues, he believes. These include short attention span, sensation and novelty-seeking, short cycles of arbitrary fashion and a sense of cultural shallowness.


  1. Miguel de Maria

    Ottmar, just read an article about football fans. Apparently, star QB Ben Rothlisberger was injured in a motorcycle crash, and fans of other teams engaged in some online schadenfrade (sp?). According to this doctor, that means those fans have brains that have not developed!

  2. Carol

    Thanks, great timing. I needed that reminder. I often do.


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