What do YOU think are the three most important characteristics that make an American an adult?
In order for a citizen to be considered an adult in the United States, many things need to occur. From legal to social the changes are noticeable, both by the individual becoming an adult and the society which recognizes it.
· First the person needs to reach the age of majority (18 years of age)
· Second the individual needs to be independent from his or her parents and be mature.
· Third when the citizen is financially autonomous.
At the age of 18, Americans are able to vote, travel by themselves, rent vehicles, buy cigarettes, rent houses or apartments, and legally work full time. Having the ability to do so can help the individual to obtain financial freedom, the ability to be on his or her own, and be independent from their parents. Americans associate adulthood with financial and personal independence. As long as the person shows maturity after the legal age of adulthood, people will see them as an adult. However, there are some restrictions until the person is 21, when they are legally allowed to purchase alcohol. Being an adult in the United States takes more than just reaching the legal age. It takes maturity, independence, and the ability to take care of oneself.
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