18 and 21 seem to be the acceptable ages for adulthood and drinking (at least in the United States). The last milestone of growing up is 25, when you can rent a car. But as someone who wonders exactly what the real questions are, I have always wondered one thing.

What is the maximum accepted age for drama?

The reason I haven’t set a minimum is because our formative years are (hopefully) moderated by our parents, who are supposed to be good influences in our daily lives. Recent events in my own life have made me reflect on this question a bit more. The consensus on this is that most drama is classified as something people would engage in during high school (and hopefully, leave it there). However, there are people who continue thriving on drama in their 20s and even into their 30s, making us all question why these people are allowed to procreate (or more importantly, why they haven’t been given psychiatric evaluations).

What are some common causes of drama? Lack of communication, lack of understanding another person’s perspective, or an undiagnosed mental illness (self-diagnosing is the dumbest thing ever, but that’s for another entry). There’s really many causes of drama, but our inability to deal with these things in an adult manner has led to people carrying on with it in their 20s and 30s. Reality television is essentially one of the most popular genres of TV today, and makes us thrive (and in some cases, survive) on drama.

The drama I was involved in was guilt by association, a classic association fallacy. This is defined as “an informal inductive fallacy of the hasty-generalization or red-herring type and which asserts, by irrelevant association and often by appeal to emotion, that qualities of one thing are inherently qualities of another.” Since some people who read this blog may not be fans of reading the dictionary and using big words may confuse them, I will sum it up quite simply:

A is a B, A is also a C. Therefore, all B’s are C’s.

Throw ad hominem (attacks on a person’s character) into the mix, and it gets a bit more complicated. People with reasonable levels of intelligence should understand that guilt by association is another cause of drama. Being associated with a certain group does not necessarily mean that the person necessarily endorses the aims of such a group.

How do we, as reasonable adults, respond to drama? The best choice is probably to ignore it, but let’s face the facts: these people need attention much like North Korea needs nuclear weapons or Donald Trump needs to self-validate about how awesome he is. It’s a zero-sum game that no one is prepared to win. Therefore, to answer the question: there is no maximum age for drama. Anyone is capable, and the best way to respond to people like that is to mock them for their inability to survive without the spotlight on them.