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I Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity

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    If you act mature then you should be treated

    that way no matter what and in any situation!
    red00 red00 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 1

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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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    Age doesn't define maturity.

    That's very true. But I think one of the truest aspects of maturity is empathy and all people achieve empathy via varying gradations. I believe the best way to achieve empathy is through experience and experience does come with age, but is not bound to it either. There are...
    AitchKay AitchKay 22-25, M Jun 21

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    I'm a 13 year old constantly mistaken

    for a 30 year old based on how I act/talk on multiple websites. Oops
    Wishingtobegone Wishingtobegone 16-17, F 17 Responses Apr 7

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    A lot of times, I act like a kid,

    when I can. I'm goofy/silly sometime random and mischievous. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs. I respect other people, as long as they are respectful to other people. I stand up for what is right. I am kind, loving and caring.
    NovaScotia902 NovaScotia902 22-25 5 Responses Jun 20

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    My dad's 48, and I've met 8 year olds

    who were more mature than him...
    EmmaLL1999 EmmaLL1999 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 30

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    I know young people who are incredibly mature

    for their age, as well as people who have been on the planet a very long time but still behave like children. Maturity is a choice, not an act of nature. In regard to myself, I have no idea...I think I'm a little of both :p
    myguitarisbusted myguitarisbusted 41-45, M 4 Responses Jun 26

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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 6 Responses Jul 12

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    I believe that our experiences do instead

    because we may be young on the outside, but when you look into our eyes- you then see the weariness in our souls like an aged bent back from years of hardship.
    MindvsHeartAJ MindvsHeartAJ 18-21, T 2 Responses Jun 7

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    Hey, this is to my very very good friend.

    I hope you're enjoying our time as much as I am. You know who you are -EM
    Emaycee Emaycee 13-15, M Jun 29

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    I always feel like I am the parent out of my

    friends I feel like I'm too mature. I mean yes I am fun and do normal teenage stuff but acting obnoxious and inappropriate sorry not down for that.
    Stayfreesailor Stayfreesailor 13-15, F 5 Responses Jun 24

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    I'm 13. I'm aloud to talk to people older

    than me. Just because your older than me doesn't mean you have the right to make me feel less than I know I am. I know a lot an even if you know more than me, that's fine. You don't have to go around saying that I'm a child bcos say it to my face, would ya. Think before...
    0mgemily 0mgemily 13-15, F 9 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    Albert Einstein was playful during his whole

    life. That doesn't mean he wasn't mature.
    Supercat8835 Supercat8835 13-15, M Jun 23

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    There are some very immature sixty years old.

    There are some very mature sixteen years olds. Experience really is everything!
    Silfverberg Silfverberg 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 30

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    Since entering college,

    everyday finally seemed normal. Never managed to fit in high school. I was no nerd and no idiot. I was simply smart. Smart enough to chose "alone" rather than their childish groups. Until the bullying and the fights, the suspensions and the surprises.
    DestinyAuthor DestinyAuthor 18-21, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    My granddad is lik 75

    and he's still just a big child, which is really funny most of the times
    Elienseys Elienseys 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 1

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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 16 Responses a week ago

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    And by this, I specifically mean

    that old people are just as capable of being immature as young people. I'm almost 30 and I still put things off to the last minute and brag about eating ice cream for breakfast, which, by the way, I totally did. Young people claiming to be mature when they don't even know what...
    Steinbaum Steinbaum 26-30, M 3 Responses Jun 24

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    This is true all my life I always been more

    mature than my age in looks and in other ways
    June4U June4U 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 21

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    I know im not always the most mature person in

    the universe but Im 14 now and most people think that because Im a teen that I cant be trusted or cant be serious and responsible and that includes my parents because they dont get that im not a little girl anymore. Also my 9 year old brother has an IQ of 140 but they still...
    munchkinallie munchkinallie 13-15, F 4 Responses Jun 24

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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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    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 5 Responses Jun 9

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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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    Yes! I believe it some people they are already

    in their 40s and act like 20s! Dress like teens even they are in 50s! That's something! But? It's a choice! They never really think that way.
    Bluejec19 Bluejec19 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 10

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    Age is not an indicator of one's maturity.

    I know a few people who are in their 40s, 50, and 60s who act just like little kids when they do not get their way . On the other hand, I know many who are 18 to 21 and they are very mature for their age.
    momanddaughteratbeach momanddaughteratbeach 36-40, F 4 Responses May 5

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    Don't judge someone by how much time they have

    spent on this earth. You don't know what they have been through. You don't know what they have done. Never say someone is too old or too young for something unless you know their full story.
    AnnaSpring AnnaSpring 13-15, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    To be honest, for a teenager,

    I think I'm pretty mature. I know I may have my kid moments but I have basically raised myself since I was about 8. I now buy my own clothes, shoes, products (makeup, straighteners, hair dye, etc etc), and cook for my family including on holidays. And I also have a couple of...
    ForeverLostPoet ForeverLostPoet 13-15, F 5 Responses Jul 5

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    MrUnglazeDonut MrUnglazeDonut 18-21, M 3 Responses Mar 21

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    I have developed a pseudo-maturity

    as a result of family breakdown at a young age. I don't believe that ages dictates maturity. I am in my 20s, I am a full time uni student, I work full-time hours, I am a carer/guardian/parental figure for my sister- both financially and emotionally. I am resilient am have learnt...
    makefriendswithchaos makefriendswithchaos 18-21 1 Response Jul 1

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    We can all act more mature

    than our own parents, and more childish than our own children.
    TheLastAngel111 TheLastAngel111 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 17

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    BossiRossi BossiRossi 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 10

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    People Just Don't Get It.

    .. What You Do, Don't Make You The Person You Are. But Actions Speak Louder Than Words And Your Actions Are Followed Be Your Thoughts... A Wise Mind Do Wise Things... Remember That.
    tanasia tanasia 16-17, F 48 mins ago

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    I'm a teenager, so I am immature

    and unintelligent. Or so says our stereotypical world. The judgements and assumptions that cause people to jump to labeling conclusions is truly pathetic. Do not judge someone you do not know. Apart from what your unknowing conclusions may tell you, I could be someone totally...
    JustAGirl007 JustAGirl007 13-15, F 4 Responses May 11

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    I may be 15 . Already getting into relationships

    but age is just a number i count on my own maturity . If you don't have anything good to say to me please don't say it at all. I know I'm young but these are my choices. I don't care if you have more experience id like to live my life and go on with the consequences of my...
    elitedancer14 elitedancer14 13-15, F 5 Responses Apr 23

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    I am SO sick of people telling me my opinion

    doesnt count here because I'm "in the 16-17 age bracket". BULL SH*T!! One the one hand adults think teenagers are completely mindless and know nothing but whenever we participate in this sort of conversation they don't include us, especially when we speak the truth.
    Ilovecharlie Ilovecharlie 16-17, M 7 Responses May 9

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    I hate when some teachers say,

    "you guys are middle school, 13 & 14 years old. You shouldn't be acting like this" bla bla bla ... Like shut up. You are old as **** why are you arguing with young teens 😑😑
    itsthisgirlagain itsthisgirlagain 13-15, F 8 Responses Jun 26

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    Age definitely doesn't define maturity.

    Any one else have thoughts?
    heyitsashley53 heyitsashley53 13-15, F 26 Responses Jul 1

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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 7 Responses Jun 20

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    My boyfriend is two years older

    than me, he is my other half and my best friend and has been for two years. Cant picture life without him, age does not define maturity.
    gemmamastro gemmamastro 16-17, F 1 Response 15 hrs 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 22 Responses Jun 24

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    People 13-15 here don't talk about perverted

    or stupid bullcrap bootlegged things but 40 and older perverted people do so yeah ;-;
    DysfunctionalPiano DysfunctionalPiano 13-15, F 7 Responses Jun 29

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    I've taken care of my mum

    since a young age, she's the child and I'm the mother, she's so immature, actually so is my dad, he acts like a child, he goes in stupid childish moods for no reason, so despite being 28 years younger than both of them I am MUCH more mature than both of them
    Rebeccaej Rebeccaej 13-15, F 10 Responses Jan 12

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    Well....let's just say there are likely to be

    more mature people in a group of 40-plussers than in an equal-sized group of under-25ers. Can we agree to that? My favorite definition of maturity is: Maturity is Grace under Pressure.
    icDavey icDavey 56-60, M 1 Response Jun 27

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    Related Experiences

    You can't expect an 18 year old to be as mature as a 40 year old. Of course, experiences do matter, but I'm talking on the basis of a broader perspective.
    TheAverageIdiot TheAverageIdiot 16-17, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I Think as long as the people are of legal consenting age then who am i to put a number on love. I know i have had sex with a 20 years my elder. Straight forward and to the point...
    laughteraplus laughteraplus 36-40, M 1 hr ago

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    i always liked young girls and never knew why i would get these hot model types but end up unhappy and not in a great relationship, well cause as you age priorities change, people...
    Nichalas Nichalas 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 10

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    i dated older, younger and my age.
    sandmoon sandmoon 36-40, F 3 Responses Jul 7

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    If you are in love with a person...what is the big deal...age is just a number..that should not keep you from being happy
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 11

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    My muse and weakness cougar women some believe its a taboo but lines must be crossed
    Gold2gold Gold2gold 18-21, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    My cousins are an age different couple married 20 years and mature...you are not them...They Grow Together everyday...Thats What I Want The Love The Have Not Your Stupid Words On...
    dextermlap dextermlap 46-50, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Whether you are 100 or 10, we should all be given the chance of freedom rather than a label.
    ElizabethRivers33 ElizabethRivers33 13-15, F Jun 23

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    My parents are 10 years apart. My grandparents are 11 years apart. So, I don't really think it matters.
    xoxoMeowliciousxoxo xoxoMeowliciousxoxo 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 11

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