When we were children, it seemed like girls were faster growing up. They would be a bit taller than most guys at the age of 10-12. They would be more responsible in the house at the age of 6-7. They would even be more emotionally aware of crushes at the age of 7-8. In general, what everyone is asking is, why does this happen? When do boys mature into men? What does science have to say about all this?
It has been a rather altruistic knowledge that girls mature faster than boys. However, some scientists have found the root of this accepted urban legend. Researchers from New Castle University who have worked on research connected with the Human Green Brain project have found some possible reasons for this faster maturity rate in girls.
The experiment that they conducted involved scanning the brains of 121 volunteers from the ages of 4 to 40. The results of these dozens of scans have yielded groundbreaking information about how the brain develops.
The study is saying that the human brain goes through a period of pruning neural connections that it deems unuseful. As it prunes away these said connections, it makes way for the reorganization of the brain to happen.
This process allows for the most important information to be retained inside the brain. Suddenly, the term scattered brain does ring a bell on this matter. Men who participated in the experiment experienced the pruning process during their late teens, around 15 to 20 years old, and another 20 years for the reorganization to happen.
It is different for the girls, though, because their brains prune out unimportant information and reorganize neural connections as early as when they are 10 years old.
That is a huge gap if you ask anyone. This is now the reason why most people believe that girls mature faster than boys.
Now that studies have proven scientifically that women’s brains do mature faster than men's, the next question that needs to be answered is when do men mature? At what age do they and their brains fully mature?
Based on the same study mentioned earlier, men do go into the pruning stage until their 15th or 20th birthday. That’s just the period where the brain prunes all unnecessary information and connections inside the brain, and their brains do not go into reorganization for another 20 years.
Now, if you do the math, men will probably reach full mental maturity by the time they are in their 40s.
An informal study made by Nickelodeon UK for their new sitcom surveyed men and women and found that eight out of ten women surveyed agreed with the released results. Their findings showed that, on average, men mature at the age of 42 versus women, who mature at the age of 32 on average.
This informal study was done as part of the campaign to launch the new sitcom of Nickelodeon UK that features how a man who may be a bit immature for his age and a young boy who is much too wiser for his age interact and live together.
You might be shaking your head if you are one of these men mentioned, but facts backed up by evidence are kind of hard to ignore.
Okay so maybe you are still scratching your heads and thinking that you are not one of those immature men or your man is one, surely there must be signs. Well, there are a few actions, mannerisms, and nuances that point to a man’s supposed immaturity. Here are some of those signs as indicated by some women who were part of the Nickelodeon UK informal study.
These are just a few of the things that women find as signs of immaturity in the men that they have had relationships with. Of course, the same does not apply to all; it can be on a case-to-case basis. Not all men are immature like how not all women are mature as well. There will always be exceptions to the rule.