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I Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity

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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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    Just because we're old doesn't mean we have to

    act like an adult, just because we're young doesn't mean we have to act like a kid. 50 years old and my coach is still the man I turn to for everything, I trust him because he can relate. He may be old but I can go out and have a drink with him. We can get drunk and swear at...
    thatgirleveryday thatgirleveryday 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 2

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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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    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 don't care about your maturity

    as long as you are old enough and good in bed I'm fine. Let me be the mature one.
    RagnarLodbrok RagnarLodbrok 41-45, M 3 Responses Sep 10

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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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    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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    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 3 days ago

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    Age. Its a number that is the accumulation of

    changes in a person over time. It is not wise to judge a person on his age for what he can't do. I am 23 years old, yet i find myself in situations that could make a mature person with a older age find it difficult to deal with. On most occasions i am around with people who...
    TheChosenOne32 TheChosenOne32 22-25, M 3 Responses Sep 13

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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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    Droy7 Droy7 13-15, M 10 Responses Aug 6

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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 18-21, F 11 Responses Jul 27

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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 believe thoughts define maturity.

    But that doesn't really matter, in my opinion, because maturity is a limiting concept. I don't think it is good or bad to be mature in thinking. It actually is irrelevant, the only important thing is that you allow yourself to be and do whatever you want, to express yourself...
    velese velese 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 9

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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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    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 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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    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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    JosueGjerdingen JosueGjerdingen 13-15, F 52 Responses Aug 18

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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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    itsveee itsveee 13-15, F 5 Responses Aug 24

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    Two WolvesOne evening an old Cherokee told his

    grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all.One is Evil. It is anger, jealous, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.The other...
    mangudai mangudai 31-35, M 5 Responses Sep 11

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    blackoceans blackoceans 16-17, F 11 Responses Aug 6

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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 2 days ago

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    Older women message me

    if you'd like to chat.
    tkells03 tkells03 18-21, M 6 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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    How people interact with other people

    and respond to them is independent of a person's age.
    Luvhugeuptop Luvhugeuptop 46-50, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    You can be around forty years old,

    but still act like a kid. My mom is, that's why there are more times we actually scold her when she fights with my dad because she likes to misunderstand and push her opinion to the point where we are almost on the verge of pulling all our hairs out in complete frustration. She...
    acitythatneverwakesup acitythatneverwakesup 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 6

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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 7 Responses 4 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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    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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    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 1 day ago

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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 6 Responses May 9

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    I am thirteen years old

    and I am in the ninth grade. Now this may seem strange or not, but I did eighth grade over the summer so I could get into this high school academy that I always wanted to go to. So far in my life I have been looked down upon for being 'young' and 'too young to hear' when any...
    ConflictedVocabulary ConflictedVocabulary 13-15, M 4 Responses Sep 3

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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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    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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    i know im to young to settle down.

    .but im to old to NOT be looking for someone i can see in my future...but every time i try it seems it never works out...guys come and go in my life and dont want to stick around an i dont know why....
    marielea061214 marielea061214 16-17, F 6 Responses Sep 9

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    My cousin in more mature

    than most of the adults on here ._. And she's 8.
    EmbraceForever EmbraceForever 13-15, F 8 Responses Sep 3

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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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    OdeSlinger OdeSlinger 26-30, M 17 Responses Sep 9

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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
    Theycallherelly Theycallherelly 13-15, F 15 Responses Apr 7

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    Maturity and Wisdom don't come from age.

    They come from mistakes and experiences. Learning to deal with others in a respectful way and treating others the way you want to be treated shows Maturity. Sharing the accurate information to help others is Wisdom. I may be immature & bad with words but, I know what I'm...
    HayellsDorion HayellsDorion 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 11

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    It it always ****** me off

    when i get judged from what she i am rather from what experience i have. We are in a time where a 5 year old can use an iPad better then a 21 year old. I work in a place that interviews people and i talk for 30 min. The only thing thats comes out for a question is "how old are...
    hmoussa hmoussa 18-21, M 5 Responses Sep 2

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    Still waiting to feel like a grownup.

    Sometimes while I'm driving to work I feel like I shouldn't be allowed to operate an automobile without adult supervision.
    ZeTruth ZeTruth 26-30, M 3 Responses Sep 6

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    FutileSuperiority FutileSuperiority 22-25 2 hrs ago

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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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    I think I speak for all teens out there.

    . Just because we're teenagers doesn't mean we're not mature or intelligent when it comes to reality and our opinions deserve to be heard. I know there are plenty of immature teenagers but don't generalize us due to our age. Now someone may argue that our age means we haven't...
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 7 Responses Sep 7

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