neoteny –noun Biology. Pronunciation Key - [nee-ot-n-ee]
1. Also called pedogenesis. the production of offspring by an organism in its larval or juvenile form; the elimination of the adult phase of the life cycle.
2. a slowing of the rate of development with the consequent retention in adulthood of a feature or features that appeared in an earlier phase in the life cycle of ancestral individuals: Example Neoteny in the ostrich has resulted in adult birds sporting the down feathers of nestlings.
I some time feel like my generation has adopted this state wholesale. (Myself included thank you very much... anyway back to playing Guitar Hero.)