'Are You a Grown-Up?': Teen Questioned by Kids at Park in Adorable Video

While trying to perfect a skateboarding trick at the park, an 18-year-old named Bryan was approached by a couple of kids with a lot of questions.

Bryan (@atbryanreyes) posted a video of the interaction to his TikTok account over the weekend and wrote: "Shoutout to them youngins mane. Stay cool." So far, the post has received more than 1.3 million views and over 370,000 likes.

One particular line of questioning in the video regarding Bryan's age also sparked a discussion about adulthood and whether or not 18-year-olds truly are "grown-ups."

"So I was practicing pop shuvs and got an audience," read the video's text overlay as Bryan landed a popular skating trick known as a "pop shuvit."

As he resets his board to perform the trick again, a kid starts to yell from behind the camera.

"Yeah," the kid shouted. "That guy's name is Bryan."

At this, another child jumps in and says, "Bwyan?"

Bryan, who is trying hard to concentrate on his skateboard, begins to chuckle and briefly loses his balance.

"Bryan," said the first child.

"Pyan?" the second child asked again.

The two children go back and forth until finally, one asks Bryan, "How old are you?"

Bryan explains to the children that he's 18, which prompts one of the kids to ask, "Are you a kid?" When Bryan tells the kids he "wishes" he was a kid, one asks, "Are you a grown-up?"

"Yeah, sadly," Bryan responded.

But some of Bryan's viewers argued that he wasn't a "grown-up."

"You're still a kid at 18 though," wrote Lake Rachman.

If [you're] still in [your] teens, [you're] still a kid just a little older! Continue to have fun," a TikTok user named "n" said.

As it turns out, these commenters might be onto something. Despite 18 being the age of legal adulthood in the United States, the University of New Hampshire explained that people ages 18-29 are said to be in a stage of development known as "emerging adulthood."

According to the university, this term was defined by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Ph.D. in 2000 and is not the same as "true adulthood."

"Arnett recognized that traditional, typical markers of entering true adulthood (e.g., leaving home, getting married, having children, etc.) were changing," said the university on its website.

According to Arnett, these developmental changes were a result of four "societal changes:" the technology revolution, the sexual revolution, the women's movement and the youth movement.

Advances in technology, specifically, have allowed older teens and twenty-something to keep in touch with their parents, which has allowed parents to "engage in parenting practices well after their offspring have already left home."

"With the extension of parenting practices, individuals at this age are not individuating...in a way that would define them as full-fledged adults," the university continued.

With all this in mind, it's perhaps understandable why some of Bryan's commenters were quick to argue that he wasn't quite yet an adult.

Of course, many commenters didn't care to join the debate. Instead, they just wanted to express how much they loved Bryan's interaction with the children.

"I love everything about this," wrote Cyndel Campbell.

"This is so cute! Thank you for being nice to the kids," commented Zoe & Mommy.

Selah added: "THIS IS ADORABLE."

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While trying to perfect a skateboarding trick at the park, an 18-year-old named Bryan was approached by a couple of kids with a lot of questions. Chinnapong/istock