Image: Suddenly 30 was a little too real.
Birth certificate, bills, driver’s license: all the paperwork in my life tells me I’m a bona fide grown-up.
Yet much of the time I feel like Tom Hanks in Big — a kid who woke up one day to find herself playing ‘house‘ and going to ‘work’ and generally pretending to know how to adult.
Evidently these fraudulent feelings are common, because a new study out of the UK has found people don’t tend to feel like adults until they hit the age of 29 — a good 11 years after you’re legally considered one. So, essentially, being in your twenties is like being in limbo.
Fly Research asked 2000 people aged 18 and over what they thought were the ‘signs’ of official adulthood. Turns out it has nothing to do with the number of candles on their birthday cake, but rather whether they’d achieved certain milestones.
“What people really believe constitutes being an ‘adult’ are actually significant life events that give them adult responsibilities. Up until that point, regardless of their actual age, they are still perceived adolescents," Dr Frank Furedi, a sociologist from the University of Kent, told The Independent.
Here are the top 10 'Welp, I guess I'm an adult now' moments the subjects identified:
1. Buying a house
2. Having kids
3. Getting married
4. Having a pension
5. Becoming "house proud" (i.e. looking after the appearance of your house)
6. Life insurance
7. Being stoked about spending a night in
8. DIY projects
9. Hosting a dinner party
10. Having a joint bank account