Today’s “kids” face numerous challenges, including social media, pampering parents, and increased pressure to succeed. However, is it causing them to mature more quickly or more slowly than generations before them?

Adults who remember a childhood without the constraints, oversight, and digital pressures that today’s adolescents confront say that children no longer have the freedom to be children. This could be true in certain aspects. When a child is ten years old, the average parent gives them a smartphone, providing them unrestricted access to news, social media, and others normally reserved for adults, pushing them to mature emotionally before they reach adulthood. The acronym “KGOY,” which stands for “kids getting older younger,” refers to today’s children being better educated than prior generations.

As a result of technology improvements, children may be exposed to more information, helping them to have a great deal of worldly experience and knowledge of fashion and culture. It is, however, a matter of perception as to whether children are growing up faster or slower. It might also be time to rethink what it means to mature quickly.