When looking at the progression of the teenage human, one can also look at the technogenesis of the teenage human. The teenage human could be fading out of existence leading to a human life entering adulthood at a much younger age and somehow preprogrammed with the knowledge that one would have acquired during the teenage years. On the other hand, the teenage human could take over other stages of human or be extended, shortening the span of the adult human. Seeing how the teenage human has developed so far, the later option is more viable. Roughly fifty years ago it was fairly common for teenage humans to enter the workforce at a younger age doing trade jobs. Teenagers would drop out of high school and pursue money. It was also more common for smoking habits to develop, in some cases even before the human reached the teenage human. Working and smoking, traits indicative of a more adult human seen in teenagers has slowly died off and been pushed back. More teenagers now pursue higher education and advanced degrees, etc. Students are staying in school longer and almost reliving their younger years at an older age. It is possible that this notion indicates that it is taking humans longer to grow up and grow out of their teenage human self. It is not uncommon for humans to be in school until their mid to late twenties as opposed to entering the workforce at eighteen years old in the 1950s. The technogenesis of a teenage human will extend beyond the teenage years. Whether this will help or heed society is unsure. With more education, new findings and breakthroughs could arise. With more time spent in the teenage glory years, more destructive decisions could be made damaging the Earth.
Humans progress and mature at different rates. A common theme is to be considered grown up once you turn twenty (more importantly twenty-one) but as the human has evolved this may not be an accurate representation anymore. Teenagers cannot transition into adults based on age. There are plenty of individuals in their twenties that act about fifteen years old but are considered adults. My idea of the transformation of a teenage human into a “mid-life” human is supported by this fact. The teenage years are trying to be extended with technogenesis.
In the 1950s, an eighteen-year-old would be considered an adult and it was an accurate model. They may not have been the same as a forty-year-old adult but an adult nonetheless. It is very rare to see an eighteen-year-old in the present day that can be thought of more as an adult than as a teenager.
The transition to prolonged teenage years can be attributed to more dependence on the teenager’s parents, social media, and education. As I have explained in my project, teenagers are far more dependent on adults and supervisors in the present day than they were roughly thirty years ago. Teenagers need more guidance now. Wrapped up in social media, present day teenagers have a heavy reliance on their friends which allows an entire friend group to grow up together, leading to a slower process. Also, with the advances in education, it is far more common to stay in school for longer, earning more degrees and gaining more knowledge. The idea of schooling and education is associated with youth and life after schooling is associated with adulthood. This also contributes to the technogenesis of the teenage human.