Why College Students Are So Childish

Barb Wire

Would you believe it? As of April of this year, more than 17 million Americans were enrolled in college.

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.

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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.”

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?

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Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com.

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