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I Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity

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    Whilst age can bring maturity,

    it is not always so. I have encountered many an old fool. And, whilst we can forgive the young their foolish ways, old fools tend to be beyond any reasonable hope.
    SLdale SLdale 51-55, M Sep 13

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    I'm tired of people telling me I'm just 16 .

    .. I have been right every single time and it's time my parents realized that
    Hardeepsinghkallu Hardeepsinghkallu 16-17, M 14 Responses Sep 7

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    I've had a better time with younger people

    than I've had with a lot of people my age, even teenagers, they deserve a lot more credit than we give them. They know more than a lot of people think they do, In a lot of things, a lot of younger guys have taught me a thing or two haha
    SarahMom1978 SarahMom1978 36-40, F 21 Responses Aug 2

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    Is it me, or have some of the older members on

    here blocked most of the younger members, just for being...young? I tried to respond to a question someone posted, to find they'd blocked me, when I don't ever recall having any interaction with them prior to it. If someone blocks me on age grounds, I find it quite belittling...
    TTAMTWASOOC TTAMTWASOOC 13-15, M 8 Responses 2 days ago

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    there are some 13-17 year olds

    who are more mature and kind than most of the older men on here.
    madiek madiek 16-17, F 12 Responses Aug 19

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    I'm 14 I'll be 15 on 23 of next month

    and my long distance boyfriend just recently turned 17 in May and I'm in la and and he's in New York i video chat with him and talk on the phone and both my parents talked to him and are fine about it is this okay
    jamica123456789 jamica123456789 13-15, F 8 Responses Sep 19

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    what if I told you just

    because you're older, it doesn't mean you have the right to make decisions for me?
    happyclownsad happyclownsad 18-21, F 10 Responses a week ago

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    Maya Angelou once said

    that u can pay bills, have children, a home and a car but that doesn't make u mature, it just makes u an adult
    Ashtyn18 Ashtyn18 18-21, F 6 Responses Sep 10

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    I have seen little kids act better then most

    teens I believe it's how u handle things not age that defines maturity
    spyroboy4 spyroboy4 18-21, M 4 Responses Jun 25

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    It's great that u have a big winky,

    but I don't want to hear about it, unless you've poked your self in the eye with it lol 😂
    Ameliaaaa Ameliaaaa 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 26

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    Maturity is defined by ones actions,

    attitudes, and decisions. I've known a few people over time who dated much older or much younger people. Sometimes, it seemed odd. Sometimes, it seemed appropriate because they appeared to be the same mental age. I had one friend who was in his mid-20s and he was dating a 16...
    karlmartink karlmartink 36-40, M 4 days ago

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    People are who they are.

    Sometimes you might meet the mature teenager or adult. Other times you might meet the immature adult or teenager. But in the end it doesn't matter because everybody has their mature and immature moments. It's when we actually see someone being mature or immature that counts. Age...
    TheTshirt TheTshirt 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 12

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    How people interact with other people

    and respond to them is independent of a person's age.
    Luvhugeuptop Luvhugeuptop 46-50, M 2 Responses Sep 20

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    Adults always thing so little of teenagers.

    This is one thing I don't understand. Yes you may know more then me but why do you have to think you know everything? You haven't lived the light what I have. Different time periods. Different society. Different everything. I know about some things now that you don't. So why...
    No1ne No1ne 13-15, F 5 Responses Aug 23

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    Im 26, and supposed to feel more mature now.

    But i felt like im a child , i cry a lot and cant control my emotions ;(
    bing26 bing26 26-30, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm 13 years old with goals ahead of me

    and a load if experience with death. Most 13 year olds nowadays care more about boys and how short they can get their skirts. I, however am more interested in doing well in school so I can carry on with my education to become a Counselling Psychologist. I also want a Lamborghini...
    littlefighter littlefighter 13-15, F 11 Responses Jul 28

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    I have always been the person

    who never partied, never wants to drink, never has tried any drugs. I just never really had the mind set of my age, & I know others can be the same way.
    kennalynn67 kennalynn67 22-25, F 11 Responses Jul 27

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    itsveee itsveee 16-17, F 5 Responses Aug 24

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    i saw many young people

    who were mature and i saw many old people who was not mature like 5 yrs old kids.
    berealistic811 berealistic811 26-30, M 2 Responses Sep 14

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    I prefer young women to women my age.

    I know this will offend some people but it's just a preference, just like some like red more than orange or blue. I like how younger girls are still in touch with their inner child and how full of life. Once we start to take part in this world we tend to get stuck in the...
    Surmaroute Surmaroute 36-40, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'm a 13 year old bi girl.

    Whenever I'm out with my parents or speaking to adults, they all always tell me i carry myself in a very mature manner, and i believe i do. The thing is i don try to, that's just the way i am. I have a brother 6 years older than me, so that could also be a reason I'm so mature...
    Rozay333 Rozay333 13-15, F 21 Responses Jun 24

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    i saw lot of young people in ep

    that act older than their age. and i also saw lot of old people that their minds were filled only with dirty things
    1golenaz 1golenaz 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 21

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    Just because you are 18-21 doesn't mean you are

    mature, mentally. There are very immature people that age, I'm sure. A 13-15 year old could know better then a 18-21 year can. I just hate when "adults" on here tell me, "oh u r 13 so u r not mature at all! ur just a child". Not true.
    xMikayla xMikayla 13-15, F 15 Responses Jul 31

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    Honestly. It doesn't.

    The 13-15 year olds seem to be more mature then some of the adults on ep, some people need to act their age.
    TrueMiracle TrueMiracle 18-21, M 22 Responses Aug 18

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    When I was 16 people asked me

    if my brother, who was 22 and six years older, was old enough to drink. That was my life as a teenager. Too responisble and doing the right thing. Now I am 69 and totally rebellious.
    Thesoutherner Thesoutherner 66-70, M 4 Responses Sep 15

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    Droy7 Droy7 13-15, M 10 Responses Aug 6

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    ive done many things at my age people cant

    even imagine i was capable of doing
    irinacedeno irinacedeno 13-15, F 4 Responses Sep 14

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    My mother is a 12 year old trapped in a 34 year

    old body. Most of the people I know are more mature that her.
    deleted deleted 26-30 14 Responses Jul 23

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    FutileSuperiority FutileSuperiority 22-25 1 Response Sep 23

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    Older women message me

    if you'd like to chat.
    tkells03 tkells03 18-21, M Sep 17

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    I feel so much older

    than i am and its annoying when i get asked why i dont have a boyfriend because i know that if i do they have to be much older than me (when i get a boyfriend he is older than me and my friends are like "whaat") I just feel like all the guys my age are so immature I went to...
    Theheavyheart Theheavyheart 13-15, F 22 Responses Aug 24

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    Gasp! Old fools do exist!

    Worst part is they always think they're right.
    capitalstep capitalstep 31-35, M 1 Response a week ago

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    Maturity is being able to respond to the

    environment in an appropriate manner. Therefore I believe that any person can be mature or immature at any age at any given moment. I also believe there is a time to apply maturity and there are times it is completely acceptable to act immature at any age. Today I received...
    nomorei nomorei 22-25, F 6 Responses Jun 9

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    JosueGjerdingen JosueGjerdingen 13-15, F 52 Responses Aug 18

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    blackoceans blackoceans 16-17, F 11 Responses Aug 6

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    Sometimes I feel like I'm smarter

    than most people. Too much stupid and non-important things comes out of people mouths. Especially politician's mouths. I just wanna grab their heads and smash them into a door and ask them why they make such stupid decisions when they don't know the consequences for their...
    ParkerFewer ParkerFewer 13-15, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Age is nothing. Age is a number

    and nothing more. Maturity is dynamic. There are several factors that influence maturity, least of which is your interpretation of it. Emotional health/maturity-if you're raised well, in a nurturing and loving environment. Social maturity-if you have no social issues, and you...
    heartshinegirl heartshinegirl 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 20

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    it doesn't.. they're 40 somethings

    that act like teenagers. case closed.
    BIackyChan BIackyChan 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 11

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    Maternity doesn't depend on the age,

    but, the degree of conscience of a person.
    Psage90 Psage90 26-30, M 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    Let us take a ghost for an example Have you

    ever wondered why some kid ghosties get stuck on this plane of existence? Have you ever wondered why time passes on but they simply refuse to grow UP, or to make that mental shift of being stuck in a childlike mentality to a more mature mindset? Now, the same principle applies...
    Futuete Futuete 46-50, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    You wouldn't believe my age

    because of this! Your age does not define you by a long shot! It depends on YOU and how you act! Not what your birth certificate says!
    mywhol3world mywhol3world 13-15, F 5 Responses Jul 12

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    Okay so I'm 16 and there's this guy

    that i really like and he's sweet and funny the only thing is that he's 24! What do I do? Please help!
    kruges kruges 16-17, F 10 Responses Sep 21

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    Age does not define maturity trust me .

    I personally believe that wisdom comes from experience and environment . Im pretty sure we have all met that one adult who has the mind of a 13 year old as well as the 13 year old with the mind of a 20 yr old
    EricTheHooper EricTheHooper 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 23

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    I think that If two people are in Love And

    one is way older than the other As long as Faith Trust and Love is There it shouldn't matter I think that if love is love let it be free Because when u find that person There will never be some one like that And it shouldn't matter if there 7 years older or younger ~Let...
    Angel2345 Angel2345 13-15, F 15 Responses Jul 14

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    I'm 19 and had to grow up very quickly due to

    life experiences, by the time I was 17 I was mothering my mother and young brother due to my older brothers death
    lostsoul4888 lostsoul4888 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 20

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    Hey all I'm saying is this room smells like a

    ripe fart. Don't give me that look like i shouldn't talk about farts, like it's some big secret that people fart. You're probably the one who let that fart.
    FutileSuperiority FutileSuperiority 22-25 Sep 23

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    age is just a number determining how many years

    you've been on earth and what you're legal to do. nothing more, nothing less.
    BIackyChan BIackyChan 22-25, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    Maturity depends on the person itself

    although generally it comes with age as we tend to learn by experience. Still some young people are just more mature than older ones.
    strict4u strict4u 36-40, M 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    Mainly because I know a few people younger

    than me and yet they are waaay more mature than me :3
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I am quite young, people expect me to be out

    partying, be a nutcase like other people my age. They don't know the real me, I matured long before most people my age. They think that just because I'm young, I don't know anything or care about anything. I am an old soul.
    grimsta1908 grimsta1908 13-15, F 6 Responses Sep 2

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    I hate when people say I'm just a kid

    and that I don't know as much as them
    ElectricDream ElectricDream 13-15, F 12 Responses Sep 6

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    Maturity. How could you describe it?

    Maybe it is being able to resist some small whims or need for immediate reward and better choose the actions that will pay off some time later. Maturity is also a well-measured persistence, knowing your true goals and seeking them inspite of obstacles on your way. It is the...
    TheShalottLady TheShalottLady 61-65, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I HATE when people look down on me

    and treat me inferiorly because of my age. Everyone older than me assumes that since Im a teen therefore I lack responsibility, respect, common sense and knowledge, and maturity. Since when does being older mean that youre better?
    tarara0414 tarara0414 18-21, F 15 Responses Jan 26

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