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I Look Younger Than I Am

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    Although I am 17, due to my small stature

    and occasionally my personality, I'm usually mistaken to be younger. These misconceptions of my age range from the idea of me being a sophomore to the assumption that I am a 10-12 years old. I blame it on the infamous Asian aging theory.
    AiKii AiKii 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 2, 2014

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    Woop! Just got ID'd..

    .. Given my age that is a huge compliment in a 'Think 21' store. Happy days... :)
    deleted deleted 22-25 1 Response May 24, 2014

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    BiXwolfsXbears BiXwolfsXbears 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 21

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    Age Play With The Fact I Do Look Young

    If you were to look at my pictures you would have to agree that I look younger than I really em. I'm at the turning point of 20 and stand 4'7. I've been asked before by people I dated or know to dress up for them like a little girl. Its been fun and its also been creepy. Having a...
    ashleycambell88 ashleycambell88 16-17, F 3 Responses May 16, 2013

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    One time I really understood how much younger I

    looked when I helped out in a student music team and this high schooler was very friendly and was chatting me up... Then he asked where I went to school and his face fell when I said I was already working... Whoops ;) Sorry kid!
    sweetartventure sweetartventure 31-35, F 9 Responses Feb 9

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    Lots of people don't believe me

    when I say I'm 15, they think I'm like 12-13.
    MysteriousGirl15 MysteriousGirl15 13-15, F 5 Responses Feb 17

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    EternalEONS EternalEONS 41-45, M 1 Response Jan 21

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    I'm 15 and I look 12.

    That's how lucky I am....
    EmmaBirchall EmmaBirchall 13-15, F 5 Responses Jun 18, 2014

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    Medical Condition

    I have an undefined medical condition. The doctors do not have a name for it, and are not overly worried about it, other than the fact that I develop at about half speed. It is a big hassle in the fact that I am constantly having to prove how old I am.
    kaylieeva kaylieeva 26-30, F 15 Responses May 2, 2013

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    I'm 29 and people always think I'm 18-20.

    I'm completely ok with that.
    KaoriNyte KaoriNyte 26-30, F 5 Responses Feb 21

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    RainbowWolf13 RainbowWolf13 13-15, F 37 Responses Aug 21, 2014

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    I look younger than I really am.

    I'm 23 and people who dont know me think I'm 15 or 16. I take it as a compliment. :)
    snyper89 snyper89 16-17, F 6 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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    18 Not 14

    Sooo everywhere i go no matter what, when people ask how old i am they autimatically start to say 14 and get this suprise look on their face when i say im 18. They're like " no ur not" like really? I kno my DOB and how old i am its on my id dumbass so dont call me a liar...
    BeautifulStarlight BeautifulStarlight 16-17, F 8 Responses Aug 23, 2012

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    Funny thing happened,

    I went to the store ,to buy groceries ,and beer,and my almost 12 yr old daughter was with.So we are checking out,and the lady scans my beer,and asks to see my I.D.So i get out my wallet ,and show it to her,my daughter starts cracking up!She asked the lady,"are you serious,that's...
    1prettygirl 1prettygirl 36-40, F 15 Responses Jan 30, 2014

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    people often say I look like I'm 14.

    4 years younger. This might help me in the future.
    OrangeCaramel OrangeCaramel 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 13, 2014

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    25 & I still get carded at the theater,

    or buying an R-rated film or M-rated game.
    Jakd69 Jakd69 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 22

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    Just turn 40 and I look pretty good

    for my age. Sometimes when I meet people they think I'm in my early thirties. Well I really try to take care of myself..
    katmakat99 katmakat99 41-45, F 9 Responses Jun 4, 2014

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    I may look like I'm twelve,

    hence my baby cheeks face and short height, but I'm actually a 97 kid. Do the math. Asian problems forever. I would rather look younger than older; as I get older. But treated like my own age. I am also the kind of girl who never wants to grow up, so sometimes I act like a...
    llovelyfallenangell llovelyfallenangell 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 19, 2014

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    I'm 14 and people say I look 12

    and I'm kind of short so I can never find a girlfriend that is in my league or cute without being hideous
    brileylikespie brileylikespie 13-15, M 1 Response Feb 22

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    I Look Like I'm In My Late 20's, Not Early 40's

    I guess I look young for my age, and it must be due to my Asian genes. I get it all the time-people shocked at how young I look. It is a little bothersome because people don't tend to respect me much until they get to know me. I am a hard worker and I am dedicated and honest. If...
    Txsmom Txsmom 36-40, F 19 Responses Feb 11, 2012

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    today a 15 year old boy tapped me on the

    shoulder and said "I like girls with a bit of meat on them, can I have your number?" 1. like is he calling me fat or something. 2. I'm 5 years older than him! i don't like children
    ohmyangela ohmyangela 18-21, F 21 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    Well I thought I did

    until tonight. I recently joined a gym and some of those 20 year old guys were calling me sir. I know they were just being polite but still, it made me feel so old.
    SirLaughalots SirLaughalots 36-40, M 6 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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    I am a high school teacher

    and people always confuse me with being a student. I'm always getting carded. But of course it doesn't bother me. I mean I'm 32 and people say I look early 20s now but when I'm 50 hmmmm maybe I will look 30 😁
    BlueRose601 BlueRose601 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 8, 2014

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    Often mistaken for 14/15 year old.

    I suppose it's better to look younger than older though haha :)
    Nethaly Nethaly 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 19, 2014

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    Well, no one seemed to notice the advantage.

    I think some fail to take advantage of looking younger. When you grow up, get experience, you find that both women and men are attracted to younger people. Then, looking like you're 14 can be a definite advantage. ;)
    Wendy753 Wendy753 26-30, F 6 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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    I hate it im 30 and one day paying

    for a pair of shoes with my credit card and driver license the sales associates "says that isn't you".
    edyo23 edyo23 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 4

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    Taking Care of My Body While I was waiting at

    the bus stop for the bus to take me to the train station, I got chatting to this young woman. I told her I was very new to the area and not used to the irregular bus service. She said she's only been in the area for a year and has got used to the way the buses operate. We ended...
    vector8 vector8 41-45, F Jan 25

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    Apparently.

    I am nineteen years old, however whenever I meet new people, they assume I'm between twelve and fifteen. Do I take it as a compliment? No. I find it offensive, in fact. I'm an adult, almost twenty years old, and yet they think I'm a kid. Because I look like one, I'm then treated...
    tianajade tianajade 18-21, F 34 Responses Aug 10, 2012

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    it's a good thing that a woman look younger

    than her age, unless when she wants a drink but she looks like a 15 y/o >, <
    Samousse Samousse 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 22

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    I'm a junior (11th grade)

    and people always assume im a sophomore (10th grade) or a freshman sometimes I even get mistaken for an 8th grader.... ? idk it kinda sucks but I know it's a good thing cause when I get older I know I'll love looking younger than what I'll actually be. ya know?
    gm126 gm126 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 17

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    I'm 20, but yeah I don't look my age.

    People think I am younger. They haven't really told me an age exactly, but yeah . Maybe it's because I am short ha:P and well I don't really like the idea of growing up. I am mature in many aspects of my life, but when it's comes to have fun, I am really immature lol. Like...
    MissPeruvian MissPeruvian 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 22

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    I recently got ID'd for a 15 DVD.

    .. I'm 22 and had no ID on me so my elder sister had to buy it for me :(
    RachiiM RachiiM 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 22

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    When you're my age it is a blessing!

    I'm over forty but most people think I'm in my early or mid thirties. Sadly I know longer look young enough to get carded! In regards to the benefits of looking young, I have a friend a little younger than myself whose always been short and had a boyish looking face so that...
    lauren71 lauren71 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 22

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    I Have Been 18 For 10 Years Now...

    When i was in high school, around age 16, people started mistaking me for older, usually they guessed 18. As i got older, with each passing year, people have continued to guess that i'm 18. I turned 19, then 20, then 21, then 22, 23, 24, and now i am currently 25 damn years old...
    anonymousgirl12345678910 anonymousgirl12345678910 18-21, F 6 Responses Sep 16, 2012

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    I'm 14 but I have a growth disorder

    so I look a little younger like 11 or 12
    ellajade ellajade 13-15, F 4 Responses Feb 23

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    Today I was told I look 17/18 Years old.

    I'm a 29 year old single mother and I have 2 jobs. feeling fabulous darling!
    Sw33tBrownSugar Sw33tBrownSugar 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 24, 2014

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    I am 33 years old and a middle school teacher.

    My kids always ask how old I am and I tell them to guess. They usually stick to 23 or 24. I just tell them I will go with that and walk off. Last week a student that knows me really well freaked out when he heard I was 33. He swore up and down that I was 20.
    dovie6 dovie6 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    I still get carded for everything,

    I was refused alcohol when I was 23 because the woman said I had a fake ID, and a gas station worker had the nerve to shake her head and make a rude comment about me wearing a tube top because I was "too young". I told her I was 22 and that shut her right up. I'm 28 and my three...
    galexytwin galexytwin 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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    I was out Christmas shopping today with my

    brother and best friend. I went into a sports store and ended up getting my brother the coolest present ever! It's a signed picture of a Flyers hockey player. Anyway, while checking out the worker was telling me to check out his Facebook page and asked if my parents let me use...
    kamaci kamaci 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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    I got asked at the zoo recently

    if I was 13 lol I was like no, I'm 21 and they were like whattt lol the thing is when I was around 12 I used to get mistaken for being older and people thought my little brother was my daughter because he used to have real light curly blonde hair and they thought he looked so...
    HopelessClarity HopelessClarity 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 28, 2014

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    jakemin jakemin 16-17, M 2 Responses Feb 16

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    I went to Ihop today

    and they gave me a coloring page... I'm years 23 old.(???)
    tinalr tinalr 22-25, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    Im 26 and people think im 18 :/ I probably get

    overly offended but I cant help it. im tired of having to explain myself to others.
    Mariealva Mariealva 26-30, F 7 Responses 2 days ago

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    sweetartventure sweetartventure 31-35, F 6 Responses Jan 21

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    I am 15 but people think 12.

    I am short, only 153 cm. And my parents also treat me like a younger boy, put me into shorts even in winter, I get beatings, strict rules.
    erik2000erik200 erik2000erik200 13-15, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I'm very angry and pissed off.

    I'm not any ages between 10-18. Try a bit higher guys! I'm so angry. The other day starting a new job, I was dressed formally, makeup, everything nicely done. And one of the men in charge asks, "Um hello?? Why is there a child here?? Who's is she? Get her out of here!" And Maria...
    SubmissiveSecrets SubmissiveSecrets 18-21, F 10 Responses Sep 24, 2014

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    I'm 16 year's old but people thing I look like

    I'm 30, I even had to get an ID to even show an officer I'm not 30 years old, also for when I travel but that's another story
    Rememberme79 Rememberme79 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 22

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