Why College Students Are So Childish

Would you believe it? As of April of this year, more than 17 million Americans were enrolled in college ( http://www.statisticbrain.com/college-enrollment-statistics/ ).

That’s way, way too many people in college. And you see what happens to them while they’re there. They turn into whining, tantrum-throwing, bed-wetting idiots.


Well, here’s some science to explain it.

Back in 2007, a British researcher, Bruce G. Charlton, published in Medical Hypotheses an article entitled, “Psychological neoteny and higher education: associations with delayed parenthood” ( http://www.hedweb.com/bgcharlton/psychological-neoteny.html ).

What’s neoteny? It’s that strange natural process by which certain animals–tiger salamanders, for instance–remain forever in their larval forms. So “psychological neoteny” in humans would describe how some people never grow up.

Here’s what Charlton concluded:

“In conclusion, it seems likely that psychological neoteny is increasing mainly as a consequences of the increasing percentage of school leavers going into higher education.”

In other words, college keeps many of its students from attaining psychological maturity.

Does that describe what we’re seeing in our colleges today, or what?

7 comments on “Why College Students Are So Childish

  1. It’s really a shame, because college didn’t used to be that way. It used to be a place where kids had to grow up and experience being on their own for the first time with a limited safety net in place.

    1. It also used to be a place for scholarship, LOL. Naw, these ain’t the kind of colleges C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien went to.

    2. Most certainly not! College hasn’t been like that in a very long time. Sadly, today’s experience isn’t even like it was when I went 20 years ago. Geez, did I really just say that? Now I’m feeling old.

    3. From where I sit, you have a lot of catching up to do. I went to college in the 60s, and it was already falling into decrepitude even then.

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