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I Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity

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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 20 Responses Aug 2, 2014

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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 4 Responses Jul 12, 2014

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    So people on here and in life say

    that just because I am younger then most people that they must be smarter and more mature. But what they don't understand is that because of being younger I get a different perspective on things. Sometimes that perspective is exactly what you need. When your younger you can...
    Painfulsoul14 Painfulsoul14 13-15, F 14 Responses May 8

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    Obviously it doesn't

    or my 43 year old step father would not be giving me the silent treatment.
    tRueInSAnItY tRueInSAnItY 18-21, F 5 Responses May 10

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    Your age doesn't define your maturity,

    your education doesn't define your intellect, and people's thoughts about you don't define who you are
    PazzoG PazzoG 18-21, M 4 Responses May 1

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    I'm actually 16, just

    so y'all know.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 2

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    Tonight I called a old friend

    who has watched my career for many years . We discussed decisions and he said well common sense isn't your strong suit . Lol - and here I always thought I had the corner market on it
    Dancemomisme Dancemomisme 46-50, F 8 Responses May 6

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    Droy7 Droy7 13-15, M 9 Responses Aug 6, 2014

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    Honestly, that's true.

    There are 34 year old & 60 something year old men creeping after girls under 17. That's not very mature, is it? No. There are also kids that has to grow up fast because of their surroundings, therefore gaining maturity & logic.
    derangeddelinquent derangeddelinquent 13-15, F 3 Responses May 8

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    some people my age are like little kids

    and some kids are like full grown adults, you can't treat people based on age alone, I have had more fun with some younger people than I will ever have with some older
    LauraRiley LauraRiley 36-40, F 14 Responses Feb 7

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    today,I was asked how old I was.

    I answered 14 1/2. the adults thought I was lying because the way I talk and my appeared center I look 17 or 18. just because people appear pr sound older ,dosnt mean they are mature or not mature.my little sister acts more mature than many adults on the earth. it's just as...
    eve1004 eve1004 13-15, F 5 Responses Apr 19

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    i have experienced a lot of stuff.

    rape, self harm, being suicidal, losing my best friend to suicide, eating disorders, bullying, mental abuse, and physical abuse. people say that when i talk, (what a talk about, how i talk, the way i talk) and the way i act, (and look haha :P), i seem 20 years old. and do you...
    hurtingbuthealing hurtingbuthealing 16-17, F 9 Responses Oct 21, 2014

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    Age doesn't define maturity,

    why defines maturity IMO is not only the events that have taken place during that time but the lessons you've learned during that time. An 18 year old could have suffered and survived through a lot more than a 30 year old. Hence having a different mature point of view.
    axelyax axelyax 18-21, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Men who act like a**holes.

    Women who are still into high school drama. I don't think age is maturity, it's experience and an understanding of how the world works
    sweetietay sweetietay 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 7

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    I will be 18 this fall,

    but I can't join certain sites because "you have to be 18+". Gosh it's annoying. -_-
    Lolinondoda Lolinondoda 16-17, F 31 Responses Mar 5

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    Since I was... 12 or 13 I've had people mistake

    my age by about 3 years more usually. Being raised by my grandma has given me a very mature state of mind and I respond to things in life as such. This may seem like a negative thing to some but I believe it to be very positive for my life. Though I have had some strange...
    MyDaddysSpecialGirl MyDaddysSpecialGirl 18-21, F 9 Responses Jan 1

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    Today is my 75th birthday.

    Three quarters of a century has sped past like an express train, leaving me wondering where it all went. I came from a poor but respectable and loving family, an only child but brought up with numerous cousins so never lonely. Apart from a couple of extremely inconvenient...
    Wyesman Wyesman 70+, M 18 Responses Nov 29, 2014

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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 12 Responses Jul 31, 2014

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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 8 Responses Jul 28, 2014

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    Just because you're young doesn't make them a

    fool and just because you're old doesn't make you wise. True story.
    Shannon87 Shannon87 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 7

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    A strong man does not loose his temper he is

    simply disappointed. A strong man does not yell, he influences with a whisper. A strong man can be firm yet does so gently. A strong man is powerful yet humble. A strong man is a friend of man …
    extex59 extex59 56-60, M 9 Responses Mar 29

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    Tbh when I can be I feel like I can be a really

    truthful and older acting person.. Idk if that's good or bad -.-
    ForeverKittenn ForeverKittenn 13-15, F 3 Responses May 7

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    ur 100% right! Because Men act like boys.

    .boys act like men.. women act like girls and girls act like women and our elder society act like children or extremely wise.. that's simply reality
    fairone fairone 46-50 3 Responses May 1

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    I look like I'm 9 even

    though I'm in middle school. I don't say lolz, or use txt chat in every sentence. I'm not some dumb stupid girl, but people get shocked to see that a girl who is the smallest in her class can talk normally. I'm not saying that girls who use it are dumb, and I'm not worried. I'm...
    aprettygirl1 aprettygirl1 13-15, F 6 Responses 3 days ago

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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 10 Responses Jul 27, 2014

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    So I am not exactly new here.

    ..I am but I am not...my sister is on here and ya I liked it so now I am:)
    HotKittie HotKittie 18-21, F 11 Responses Nov 22, 2014

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    I used to be so surprised

    when I would see "older" people than me react in awful ways or make the worst decision possible. That was until my mother told me "Maturity comes by experience, not age."
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 18

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    In my opinion, maturity doesn't come with age,

    it comes with experience. I find it extremely annoying when adults tell younger people that they are too young to understand something, or they aren't smart enough to understand something because of their age. It seems like a lot of adults act like they are superior to younger...
    xKatlyn xKatlyn 16-17, F 32 Responses Feb 8

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    Well me most of people i know think

    that I am 20 but I am 17
    AHqt AHqt 18-21, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    It mostly depends on the person.

    You have immature 40 year olds and mature 20 year olds. A person that went through a lot of hardship mentally, physically or emotionally will probably be more mature than someone growing up in protective environment. It's not always the case of course sometimes it's even...
    kimchiaddict kimchiaddict 36-40, M 7 Responses 5 days ago

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    Dear 13-17 year olds,

    Old people see us as immature because they see us as the stereotypical teenager. Heart johnnykman
    johnnykman johnnykman 13-15, M 5 Responses Jan 15

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    BUT DO YOU look at the age on Ep it s must I

    feel cause I 54 and I try chat to close to mid 20 up
    1234cardiff 1234cardiff 46-50, M May 11

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    shanzehrizvi shanzehrizvi 22-25, F 17 Responses Nov 21, 2014

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    U think ur grown cause you smoke weed

    and going to clubs? B**** please i have a job pay bills and i study , thats being grown .i.
    sk109345 sk109345 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 13, 2014

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    My cousin is older than me obviously she has

    alot of internal issues alot of her friends have left her, so for god sake I said I would be the one that makes her pains less! Let me tell you how stupid call that was, I never ever felt like nothing until we became close my scores suffered greatly, her negative energy is very...
    RestlessFlame RestlessFlame 18-21, F 4 Responses May 19

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    Kimbizz Kimbizz 46-50, F 7 Responses Nov 29, 2014

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    Well, it takes maturity to be able to cross the

    age gap and be great for each other. It is such a boost to a female ego to be almost mid 40 and find someone at least 10 years younger who finds you desirable and dedicates his time/energy despite work-related constraints to be with you. Someone who is an intellectual match and...
    iCuriousBabe iCuriousBabe 41-45, F 1 Response May 8

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    Theres 12 year olds who behave better

    than 40 year olds so yes age is only a number.
    germany100 germany100 18-21, F 14 Responses May 18

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    I know an eighteen year old I swear is thirteen.

    I know far too many people in their thirties that behave like a sixteen, seventeen, or eighteen year old. Age is just a number defining how many years survival of the fittest has failed to pick you off. Maturity is far greater, and at too low abundance.
    dontyouunderstand dontyouunderstand 18-21 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    To all you people out there

    who think to yourselves you are ugly, let me tell you this you are so wrong, you are not ugly at all, looks does not define you as a person your heart, soul and the person on the inside does, your appearance on the out side is just a shell of who really are on the inside, okay...
    nathchalk97 nathchalk97 18-21, M 9 Responses Apr 6

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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 21 Responses Aug 18, 2014

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    Age has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with maturity.

    .. I can give you a list of ex girlfriends to prove it!!!
    slimmmerman slimmmerman 41-45, M 8 Responses May 20

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    AlizeJ AlizeJ 22-25, F 26 Responses Mar 7

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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 20 Responses Jun 24, 2014

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    If age defined maturity we'd all take a test

    before been given adult status but quite simply it doesn't and for some of us any approximation of age to maturity just doesn't apply anyway.
    Joanne0chan Joanne0chan 31-35, F 7 Responses Apr 30

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    Two perfect examples: One is my uncle.

    He's in his mid 30s and he's still acting like a spoiled kid. Entitled as all hell too. The other is a friend of mine. I thought for the longest time he was mid 20s at the least. He never assumes anything, he's the most humble guy you'd meet. Turns out he's only 18. Threw me for...
    4thGeneration 4thGeneration 22-25, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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