Why is that that Americans (or most people these days) try to hold on to adolescence, and prolong adulthood? In other regions etc, at the first signs of maturity, they immediately put then into adulthood via trial etc. Doing this confuses the kids and the parents. I know this is a bad example, but I'll use it anyways. We all know that boys can start to "reproduce" around the age of 12, so why can't they at 12, why wait so long until society says so? I know that's a loaded questions and there's the whole argument with it, but just look at it without considering that.