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What "rites of passage" are relevant to modern American teenagers?

Most cultures provide their young adults a ceremony or introduction into the community. These may be physical (piercings, tattoos), spiritual ceremonies (sweat lodges, vision quests), religious (bar/bat mitzvah), or societal (cotillions), but rites seem to have fallen out of favor. Or have they?
Let me rephrase; What initiation into the adult world do kids have today? Obviously getting a drivers license (and all the other things you listed) is an important step, but it doesn’t mark them as “adult” to the society at large. What does?

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  1. or intellectual! education, bachelors degree, achievement, ^_^
    {EDIT}
    i remember what my late father told me, you become an adult, but never a fulfilled one, unless your sons and daughters look up to you. hmmmm makes sense though. ^_^

  2. Oh, no, there are still very important rites of passage for today’s youth!!
    Driver’s License
    First date
    First kiss
    Loss of virginity
    Middle-school graduation
    High-school graduation
    First job
    First car (even if bought by parents)
    Making “the” sports team (whatever team that is in school)
    Earning a “letter” (Letterman’s Jacket) for US students
    A class ring
    Someone else’s class ring (going steady/quasi-engaged)
    Old enough to have a MySpace/Facebook/whatever page.

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