The lure of adulthood is one of childhood’s biggest mysteries. When we're at an age where we can run around free, finish school when it’s still daylight and get all our food for free, being a grown-up is somehow still something we long for.
Now, research has uncovered exactly what it is children aged eight- to 15-years-old think of grown-ups, and what they can’t wait for when they grow up.
YouGov found that going to bed whenever you want is the most popular grown-up privilege, according to the study’s mini participants.
This was followed by:
Having the freedom to go and visit friends whenever
Getting a home and decorating it however you want
Choosing your job
Buying your own pet
Getting out of bed whenever you want
Being able to buy your own food
Being able to have children
Dyeing your hair any colour you want
Getting a tattoo
Getting a piercing
Let’s keep quiet about the fact that the realities of adult life actually prevent you from doing a lot of these. Ignorance is bliss, after all.
But the children did also vote on what they saw as the worst things about being a grown-up. Having to pay bills came in at number one, followed by:
Having to be responsible for your own money
Having to work
Not having school holidays
Having to wash your own clothes
Having less free time
Losing your hair/hair turning grey
Having to go places yourself rather than being taken there
YouGov said children were most interested in moving out and getting their own home as they got older.
It gave some advice for today’s children:
Unfortunately for today’s teenagers, neither of these two adult activities are as easy as they used to be. There are record numbers of young adults still living with their parents, and the UK has a higher than average youth employment rate for a developed country. So kids, enjoy being a child while you still can!
Number one benefit of being a child: not having to read experts’ gloomy descriptions of reality.