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I Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity

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    My kids are 18 and 20, they both wanted pokemon games for Christmas so I bought them, clearly, or so I thought, they were too old for them. When I was checking out at the register...
    9876fail 9876fail 46-50, F 7 Responses Jan 4

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    For example - I can talk to any people different ages because even though I'm young I can talk like an adult, but also I can be very childish. Age doesn't define maturity at all
    saidaniki saidaniki 18-21, F 14 Responses Jan 3

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    So True - There are really young people with brains, ideas and big hearts that are mature and adults that can be the opposite. I hate when ppl say "your just a kid /just a child...
    PBnJam77 PBnJam77 13-15, M 5 Responses Oct 7, 2013

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    Age Is Just A Number! - Hi, everyone! I wanted to share the story which kind of supports the statement of this group. I'm 21 years old and I used to casually date a 38 year old man...
    clair07 clair07 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 8, 2013

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    It Doesn'T! - i believe maturity does not come with age. maturity comes with experiences and experiences do not, necessarily come with age. i am quite mature for my age due to some...
    CuriousIronButterfly CuriousIronButterfly 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 28, 2013

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    Look at me? I'm self-centered, selfish, drowning in my own misery. Constantly need assurance I matter/exist/didn't do anything wrong. But continues to hurt others despite the fact...
    GrumpyGrouchy GrumpyGrouchy 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 30

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    Age isn't but a number it's a clearly a word
    Heylololol Heylololol 13-15, M 1 Response Mar 21

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    I'm 16-17 but I've been told by numerous people I am more mature and intellectual than most adults and kids. I know someone in my family who's 15 yet acts like a 12 year old. So no...
    Mehsy Mehsy 16-17, M 5 Responses Mar 21

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    I teach highschool in the UK, that's ages 11-16. I have encountered many very mature students, and also some very immature students. It's the same with the parents, I've met some...
    Lauramom38 Lauramom38 36-40, F 5 Responses Feb 4

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    This goes both ways. I know plenty of youth who, by either chance or Circumstance, have "old souls" and far too many so-called adults who have never grown up
    sagsagscorp sagsagscorp 22-25, M Jan 2

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    I am only 20 years old but after these past three years believe I am more mature I. Mentality than most. Ones experiences define maturity not just age in my opinion and past...
    Life1sinteresting Life1sinteresting 18-21, M Mar 18

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    I am 18. I have learned from experience that age does NOT define Maturity. I find that people who had to work for what they've got end up maturing a lot faster then people who get...
    bamberella bamberella 18-21, F Dec 15, 2013

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    So I like this guy and he's 19 he's afraid that I'll get him in trouble since I'm only 16 but I promise him I wouldn't because ill respect anything he does. He told me he wouldn't...
    facelessDARK facelessDARK 16-17, T 5 Responses Mar 31

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    I'm 15, and am probably mature than most of the senior and my school, not trying to be mean, and not saying I don't have my childish moments, just being truthful
    ash5698 ash5698 13-15, M 3 Responses Mar 21

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    Stereotypes - It saddens me to see mature and intelligent children belittled by adults. It's heartbreaking to see old people with minds as sharp as ever treated as if they didn't...
    Transparency Transparency 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2013

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    I believe this so much and C this all the time coz a 9 year old proved that he was older than my friend who is twice that age
    apwnn apwnn 16-17, M Mar 16

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    Don't ever feel bad that u like older women! I'm 41 and I love younger guys..... It's all about what makes u happy !!!!
    daniewright daniewright 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 17, 2013

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    To Fast - I was forced to grow up faster than most kids. I think it's hard for people sometimes and that they are put in environments that force them to grow up fast. It's sad in a...
    lunaloves lunaloves 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 20, 2013

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    I son think age defines maturity at all. I'm 19 and I can be mature when I want to be but a lot I the time I'm a huge child. I'm a little ashamed to admit it but my 13 year kid...
    BeefStromi BeefStromi 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 17

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    Old Soul - I've been told more then once by more then one person that I have an old soul or I was born in the wrong era bc my whole life I've been better with adults then people my...
    willowblk willowblk 26-30, F 5 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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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 13-15, F 22 Responses Apr 7

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    I thought that older guys were more mature. .....Not always.
    Philli8807 Philli8807 22-25, F 12 Responses Mar 3

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    I am 16, as well as my boyfriend. But we are mentally closer to settling down to a family than we are to when we started high school.
    mcc1109 mcc1109 18-21, F Mar 26

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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...
    Rebeccaej Rebeccaej 13-15, F 9 Responses Jan 12

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    Why do old people think their so superior to younger people? Like i know many young people who are more mature than adults out there and nobody cares just because of their age? Age...
    miracle98 miracle98 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 27

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    Adults are just kids thats been on the earth longer
    MrUnglazeDonut MrUnglazeDonut 18-21, M 3 Responses Mar 21

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    I never believed this: When I was young, on the outside I was very weird, strange {in a good way}, and outgoing. But at the same time, I had a sense of maturity that if you saw...
    SomeoneWhoBeenThroughIt SomeoneWhoBeenThroughIt 18-21, F Mar 15

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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...
    0mgemily 0mgemily 13-15, F 8 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    I've seen 16 year olds take on the heaviest responsibilities just as I've seen 61 year olds hide from them~ I believe that maturity is something that comes with time certainly...
    iCaii iCaii 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 6

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    People always look at me and judge me. Its annoying and useful. I look really young for my age. I would define myself as an attractive 14 year old but an actual 18 year old. This...
    mydays1994 mydays1994 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 17

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    Why can't more people be childish, it's fun, no judging people, so much better than miserable and paranoid and boring!
    sazbaby sazbaby 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 3

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    I believe this also. Especially with some of the people who claim to be in their mid-twenties.
    KeithPrice94 KeithPrice94 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 23

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    People say I'm very mature for a 15yr old
    MixedLesbian MixedLesbian 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 6

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    I don't understand why our society makes age such a huge deal. I know some people who are twice my age and still act like they are freshmen in high school. If someone in their late...
    bunnybear321 bunnybear321 16-17, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    Sure as hell doesn't! I've got a long way to go...
    LiyaR LiyaR 18-21, F Mar 14

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    I don't think about age only experience
    sangvampire sangvampire 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 30

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    It just doesn't. My uncle is completely bonkers sometimes and I can act mature or childish or just plain loud according to the situation :P
    Angelyn2097 Angelyn2097 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    Actually not even individuals define maturiry...sometimes I think noone really knows the meaning of that f*cking word xD
    4biandu 4biandu 26-30, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I think I am very mature for my age, more than some people twice as old
    princessmorganna princessmorganna 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 15

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    Maturity is not about speaking big things, but actually, it's about understanding small things.
    kittysaurus kittysaurus 22-25, F Apr 3

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    I have always been told I don't act my age. Most people who find out how old I am are surprised because I act "way younger"... Also I have a 14 year old daughter who has never...
    littlecatjoe littlecatjoe 41-45, F Jan 4

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    I think it's absolute bullshit when people say things like ' respect your elders' why? Why should I respect them simply because they were born before I was and will die before I...
    xMina97x xMina97x 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 18

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    Not many people believe I'm actually 10.. And when they do they just tell me to get of this website and watch Dora or something (EW). But my point is nobody trusts kids anymore...
    Darklight101 Darklight101 13-15, F 12 Responses Dec 26, 2013

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    My Son - My ten year old son has a depth of emotional maturity that blows me away. He understands life more than many adults I know. His father is now in his forties, and has the...
    lovevolves8 lovevolves8 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 19, 2013

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    So many discredit the points of children or teenagers over the matter of age, they do not see the points and only where the come from. I understand that there is some reasoning...
    Firesteel75 Firesteel75 13-15, M Mar 30

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    Every time i go out some where and im talking to somebody they automatically think im 13 or 14 because of how i look (btw looking young at a old age runs in the family literally...
    MrUnglazeDonut MrUnglazeDonut 18-21, M 3 Responses Mar 21

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    My mother is 50 years old and she'd still fit right in with middle school spoiled girl who think people who read books thicker than 400 pages are 'icky and have no life', she also...
    Felicity3110 Felicity3110 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 30

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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...
    Bluejec19 Bluejec19 41-45, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Due to my up bringing, I have always been mature. I am sixteen years old yet I constantly get mistaken for someone in their mid thirties. My views are much more realistic than most...
    MellifluousMilkshake MellifluousMilkshake 18-21, F Apr 7

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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...
    tarara0414 tarara0414 16-17, F 14 Responses Jan 26

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    I have always been immature it's cost a lot in my personal life I have lost really great friends but I will try to improve always and never accept failure and those that really...
    Nevergonnagiveuup Nevergonnagiveuup 56-60, M 2 Responses Mar 15