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Why is 18 years the age at which one is considered an adult along with the added responsibilities and freedoms?

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12/06/2006

In many Western countries the age of majority was 21 until about 30-40 years ago. In many countries it was felt that 21 was somewhat high and it was widely reduced, usually to 18. However, any age of majority is arbitrary. Moreover, as long as one is financially dependent on one's parents the age of majority is for many purposes rather meaningless. Obviously, others may have different views. Joncey