Acceleration is the process of fast growing and physical development of children, if compared to the previous generations. For the first time this phenomenon was observed in the middle of the 19th century. Mainly it is typical for economically developed countries.


Acceleration is a topical issue nowadays because any family could sooner or later face this problem. Today in comparison with the previous generations children seem to grow up so quickly. Young people start to dress and look like adults at an early age. They use different sorts of cosmetics: creams, lotions, hairsprays and cologne to look attractive for their peers. They communicate with the opposite sex readily, without uneasiness. Nowadays the young are better educated. They have more money to spend. As they grow up quicker they are not so dependent on their parents. They think more for themselves and don't blindly accept the ideas of their elders.


But the young of today do have problems. They are considered adults long before their parents were and have much more freedom. Unfortunately, it can make life harder because teenagers are not adults. Although they look and act like adults, they lack experience and often make mistakes which they don't understand but which cause serious effects. Besides, they come into contact with drugs, cigarettes, alcohol earlier.


It should be said that acceleration occurs everywhere, but it is more evident in economically developed countries, where there are better conditions of food and medical care for the population. So, the process of acceleration can be viewed as a sign of social progress, because the connection between development of the country and acceleration is evident.


In conclusion, I think that adolescence is harder now than it was for our parents, but it should be recognized that being a parent is also now more difficult than it used to be.

 

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