A source of confusion and puzzlement this week was over what we mean by "youth," or how we can distinguish "youth" from "children" and "adults."
As mentioned in class, in many places, these transitions may be signified by rituals, e.g., moving from high school to college, and also legal markers, e.g., ages for legally buying marijuana or alcohol.
But, as we also discussed in class, these representations often do not reflect what people at different ages actually do, or, how they feel about themselves, which may or may not fit with what's represented as natural or normal for a certain age.
This article at Quartz reports on research that tries to understand what people in the U.S. think they need to do before they "feel" like adults, while this article at The Atlantic looks more broadly at how people may negotiate their own transitions from child, to youth, to adult.
What do you think about how these articles represent these moments? Do they reflect your own experience? Would it be useful or meaningful to try to pin down these feelings to specific ages or ranges of ages? Or if we want to understand what people do at different times in their lives, do we also need to accept some ambiguity in how people might see themselves as children, as youths, and as adults?