Top 10 Ages of Adolescence

Some of us wonder what is considered an adolescent? Most people think adolescent means 'teenager' but that's not true. The real definition of an adolescent is "a person who is developing from a child into an adult." There are three stages of adolescence: early adolescence, generally ages 10 to 14; middle adolescence, ages 15 to 17; and late adolescence, ages 18 to 20.

Also, studies show that adolescence ends at age 25, that's when the brain finally stops developing so this may come as a surprise to all of you. Researchers hope this initiative will stop children from being 'rushed' through their childhood and feeling pressured to achieve key milestones quickly.

Now maturity is important but it should be noted that you don't have to rush into things real quickly. Be patient and enjoy what you've got right now. Being an adult will take some time so don't feel worried that you're not gonna mature soon enough because I promise you will.

The Top Ten

1 18

I finally turn 18 on August 4th of this year in 2018. Ah, I can't wait to experience the newfound privileges of the dawn of adulthood. Getting a driver's license, registering to vote, finally being able to watch age-restricted videos on YouTube, there's probably a lot more freedoms outside of the three I just mentioned so far. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Ah, good for you. Can't wait to be next in line for reaching adulthood on this site. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The age when you finally become an adult.

2 21

The age when you're finally able to drink.

3 20

The age when you're no longer a teen (but you still can't drink yet).

4 19

Being 19 has pretty much been one of the best years of my life so far. At this age it's great to feel that you have more freedom and a better feeling of control over your life. - Entranced98

I'm turning 19 in just a couple of months from now. - RogerWatersfan1999

5 25

The age when the brain finally stops developing.

6 23

When I was 2 I went to Vegas for the first time and I was under the legal gambling age. I returned when I was 23 and I was finally old enough to sit at the slot machines.

7 16

Not exactly correct. the World Health Organization tracks pregnancy rates for both 15-19 year olds, and also 10-14 year olds. In that younger group, the pregnancy rate is surprisingly high in Eastern Europe, where for example, 2.64 girls age 10-14 out of 1,000 get pregnant each year. That means in a large middle school, nearly 3 girls get pregnant each year.

The age when you're able to reproduce (but not fully reproduce with adults).

I am almost 16 and ready to get my driver's license. - StevenUniverseIsAwesome

8 17
9 13

This was actually a good year for me. I was in 8th grade and it was easy and fun. I turn 16 soon though, being 15 was a nightmare - Phillip873

The age when you become a teenager.

13 was a bad year for me, and so was the rest of middle school, but 13 was not as bad as 12 for me, my god people just picked me apart that year, to the point where I almost committed suicide in 2011. - RogerWatersfan1999

10 15

A lot of bad stuff happened in this time period for me. - Phillip873

The Contenders

11 14
12 12

The age when I looked like a nerd in middle school.

13 24
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