Why do kids mature faster today than they did 50 years ago ?
They don't, in fact 50 years ago kids left school to work at 14 at lot more than today. There are fewer apprenticeships and fewer manual trades in western countries now. Changes in diet, and the introduction of convenience foods may have led to less malnutrition, but not much. The 60's were good times. Go back to 19th Century slums and things were a lot different, but today US kids are not joining the navy at 14, and can't have a have a beer legally until 21. Most places make it hard to get married under 16. There were a lot of misconceptions about "maturity" 50 years ago, published and taught as gospel. Modern media also means that aberrations and exceptional incidents are more likely to be reported, sensibilities having less right to be offended by the reading of such matters. This is not an academic forum, and most people here are not trolling, but scope exists for this type of question to attract all sorts of theories involving hormones, GM foods, soy products, unleaded petrol etc. Empirical facts ?
May 07, 2014 |
Computers & Internet