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I Believe Age Doesnt Define Maturity

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    It really bothers me

    when people older than me act like they're better. I'm 17, I have a best friend who's 26, one who's 15, one who's 18 etc... I think the boundaries people put on age is so silly. {except when it comes to obvious things like 12 yr old dating a 20 yr old things like that.} like...
    auudball auudball 16-17, F 11 Responses Jul 23

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    JosueGjerdingen JosueGjerdingen 13-15, F 58 Responses 4 days ago

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    Someone 33 can act like a 5 year old

    and a 5 year old can act like a 15 year old
    alyssabay alyssabay 13-15, F 5 Responses Aug 11

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    For the most part I agree.

    I find that people can sometimes be very young and very mature while other times be older and immature. I find that life experiences determine maturity more than physical age. Of course the younger you are the less life experiences you will have had to mold your maturity but...
    galdran galdran 36-40, M 2 Responses Aug 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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    It's crazy how one day you're friends with

    someone and then the next day they switch up on you. They start playing to bring negative drama to your life. 23 years old and you'd think she's still in high school. Smh
    2EZy 2EZy 22-25, F Aug 13

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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 16 Responses Jul 31

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    Nope because at 51, I act more like 25,

    don't feel like it within this broke body.. but my mind...yea I still laugh, make others smile... so yea responsibility not an age thing, maturity nope had to grow up fast and hard, now time to go backwards.. What y'all think?? any old one want to join me and just flip flop...
    mommaceitta mommaceitta 51-55, F 4 Responses 6 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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    Many people think teenagers get away with a lot

    including lack of maturity. Well this is a story that has that element and a few others thrown in. Both my parents worked. Somewhat unusual in the early 60's but there were needs such as food and shelter to be provided for. It was because of this that my brother and I were the...
    lifeisforfree lifeisforfree 61-65, M 1 Response Aug 11

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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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    The only people that know how a war ends are

    the people who died during it
    jammal01 jammal01 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 13

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    Jordananon Jordananon 13-15, M 1 Response a week ago

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    What defines maturity

    if not age? It's supposed to come with age as is wisdom? I think it's often being confused with being serious and acting less silly. Is it being a responsible wise adult? Because looking at the world, I don't see a lot of maturity. I often think 9 year olds would do...
    Krist0f Krist0f 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 13

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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 13 Responses 4 days ago

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    im dating this guy but theres a 9 year

    difference...i believe age doesn't matter as long as they treat you right and love you for you...but people keep giving me problems about it :( it upsets me all the time cause i really love him
    marielea061214 marielea061214 16-17, F 15 Responses Aug 14

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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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    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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    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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    Some people here don't act there age,

    the older members here are more pathetic and dramatic then some of the 13-15 year old's, like cmon. How can you be so emotional and immature?
    TheRevolutionaryE TheRevolutionaryE 18-21 2 Responses Aug 10

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    Heyo, I'm new here on EP,

    so i decided my first post would be on something i'm a bit too familiar with, and i've been told that i see things the wrong way, and i want your opinions, any of you, just a random opinion telling me if you think i'm right in this subject, or wrong, i am very open-minded so any...
    presgrave presgrave 22-25, M 7 Responses a week ago

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    Food and sex are equal.

    . They both satisfy your needs in their own way
    jammal01 jammal01 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 12

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    I am young but i know

    that age means nothing.... I am the proof of it... My life has been hard and I actually had to grow up really fast... The result is that I can find my place between the people of my age... Sometimes even old people are not enough mature for me... So yeah... AGE DOESN'T DEFINE...
    aleph77 aleph77 16-17, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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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
    Ellyhi Ellyhi 13-15, F 18 Responses Apr 7

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    I think I'm getting more immature

    as I get older. And you know what? I don't care. There are some aspects of life that require it but If I acted my age I'd just feel bored.
    staticdreams staticdreams 31-35, M 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    brittmcnannie brittmcnannie 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    It's quite sad how the 13-18 year olds on here

    seem to have way more manners and are more mature than those older then them
    PeacandOtaku PeacandOtaku 13-15, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I know I'm new but I do have an experience.

    . . . . . . . You see I'm still a student and of course that comes with school with different types of teachers. . . . . Well one of my teachers is very immature and seems to just see us all as restarted kids just because there is only one. . . . . He talks to me as if I don't...
    Aroura666 Aroura666 16-17, F 6 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I remember knowing two women simultaneously

    (through work, but quite closely): one aged sixteen, one aged thirty-seven, and I could almost swear the "child" was more mature in almost every way than the "adult".
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 5 days 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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    I was in a relationship with my college tutor.

    ..and she was not very mature...so I don't think age defines maturity at all.
    NoGlitching NoGlitching 22-25, M 2 Responses Aug 15

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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 23 Responses 5 days ago

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    I think that maturity depends on how much life

    experience you have and how you handle your life challenges. I knew people my age when I was 16 that seemed to have their ducks in a row already or experienced hardships early on that caused them to be more serious about their decisions and then Ive met adults that were clearly...
    whatsmyageagain23 whatsmyageagain23 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 12

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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'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 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'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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    Age definitely doesn't define maturity.

    Any one else have thoughts?
    heyitsashley53 heyitsashley53 13-15, F 25 Responses Jul 1

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    More and more I'm proven

    that age means nothing. We all are going through things that change us. Some faster then others. Some slow..very slow. I've met people in their 40's who have terrible habits and should of learned by now and I've met young people..teens to mid twenties that have a great grasp on...
    LadyJunebug LadyJunebug 31-35, F 5 Responses Aug 14

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    It's true and sometimes older people are very

    inmature and younger people more.
    krizia2014 krizia2014 13-15, F 5 Responses Aug 10

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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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    blackoceans blackoceans 16-17, F 10 Responses Aug 6

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    I see it everyday in my job.

    Some truckdrivers make jokes ( often very crude jokes) about the dumbest stuff. I've also known people as young as 10 who could be trusted to be very responsible.
    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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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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    Some people get wise

    when they get older some people get dumber, some grow colder.
    BloodyVampire BloodyVampire 41-45, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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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 19 Responses Aug 2

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    I am a living example of it!

    Fight the power. Hehe
    3dogmatt 3dogmatt 36-40, M 1 Response 4 days 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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    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.
    holly2955 holly2955 18-21, F 13 Responses Jul 23

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    I've been running and off road biking

    for 35 years. In fact on bad days I go at it with a death wish intensity. You guys who have ever competitively featured in either or both of these sports know that their year round and everything that transpires is dependent upon my effort or lack there of. Makes me feel like an...
    lifeisforfree lifeisforfree 61-65, M 1 Response Aug 12

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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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    Droy7 Droy7 13-15, M 10 Responses Aug 6

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    It most certainly does not.

    I have a younger brother that is more mature than I am in some cases. Age is but a number and it doesn't dictate our maturity level. Maturity is what makes our age important. Young men and women can have higher maturity levels than adults in their 30s and 40s. It all depends on...
    Culinaryman23 Culinaryman23 22-25, M 3 Responses 1 day ago

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