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Keep Hoping Machine Running ([personal profile] thefourthvine) wrote2011-02-17 03:42 pm

[Poll] Age Appropriate Clicking

I'm reading a book that, well, it's good, but I'm getting that feeling I sometimes get, the sneaking suspicion that I am reading not essays but anthropology. Or xenology. My point is, the person who wrote this book is not like me. I'm pretty sure we're members of entirely different species, in fact.

And she keeps saying she talked to all her friends, and they all agree, and my basic thought there is, hey, maybe you should make some more friends. A social circle is more entertaining when you don't agree on everything.

Then it occurred to me that I should maybe check out her points of universal agreement with my friends (and acquaintances and people randomly browsing friends friends who are yearning to click on some buttons). So. A poll. Help me out, here, people, I am really truly curious.

Poll #6029 You're only as old as you click.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 721

How old do you feel? Write in the number.

How old are you?

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Under 13
0 (0.0%)

13 - 18
8 (1.1%)

19 - 24
136 (18.9%)

25 - 30
217 (30.1%)

31 - 40
238 (33.1%)

41 - 50
81 (11.2%)

51 - 60
37 (5.1%)

61 - 70
2 (0.3%)

71 - 80
0 (0.0%)

Over 80
1 (0.1%)

Now, how does the first number compare to the second?

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I feel younger than I am.
471 (65.9%)

I feel exactly the age that I am.
151 (21.1%)

I feel older than I am.
93 (13.0%)

Which is most true for you?

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I'm pretty happy with where I am in my life right now.
491 (68.8%)

Overall, I'm not so happy with where I am in my life right now.
223 (31.2%)

Which is most true for you?

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I've accomplished most of what I'd hoped to by now.
154 (21.5%)

I haven't accomplished most of what I hoped to by now.
301 (42.1%)

I never really had those kinds of hopes or plans.
260 (36.4%)

You can take a pill to look twenty years younger. (The way you, yourself, looked 20 years ago, I mean.) This does not affect health or functioning, just looks. Do you?

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131 (18.2%)

589 (81.8%)


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680 (94.3%)

19 (2.6%)

22 (3.1%)

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[personal profile] scarletladyy 2011-02-18 12:00 am (UTC)(link)
If I took a pill to look twenty years younger, I'd only be nearly two xD

But, still, I feel younger than I am. I feel as though I've been stuck in a time warp since I became ill, so I've aged, but I still feel 18, because I haven't done anything :\

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[personal profile] ellen_fremedon 2011-02-18 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
Can I have a 'not now' answer for the magic pill? Twenty years ago I was fifteen, and I really don't want to go there again, but I would like the option to reconsider when the hypothetical pill would reset me at, say, 28.
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[personal profile] helens78 2011-02-18 12:27 am (UTC)(link)
This, only I'd take any age starting from 18 and up. And then I'd be kinder to my body than I have been in the intervening 14 years. :)
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[personal profile] stasia 2011-02-18 12:05 am (UTC)(link)
If I took a pill to be 20 years younger, I'd halve my age and look, well, pretty damned good, I say. (I didn't agree at the time, which is one of those odd things - we never know how we really look, do we?)

I also never really had Life Plans, you know? I knew people who did and they always confused me. How would one know where one would be in, say, five years? I was never where I thought I'd be!

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[personal profile] pocketmouse 2011-02-18 12:05 am (UTC)(link)
Frankly, the answer to whether or not I'm satisfied with my life/goals/etc changes every couple of hours. Whee, bipolar. And I would never take a pill that would make me look like I did 20 years ago (even without the fact that currently it would make me look 6, and it's hard to get work that way), because hello, body dysmorphia/gender issues.
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[personal profile] princessofgeeks 2011-02-18 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
yeah, see, i'm 49, so a twenty year reset irt looks would be fine. but honestly i don't give a shit. i'm happy now, i dye my hair, who cares?
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[personal profile] msilverstar 2011-02-18 01:15 am (UTC)(link)
There's the little thing about you being gorgeous outside as well as inside...

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[personal profile] greyeyes 2011-02-18 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
My answer of 18 (I'm 25) is due to where I am in my life right now - despite a degree and plans, I'm living at home working a part-time job with no idea what exactly I want to do with my life. And my mother still begs me to clean my room (otherwise she's awesome, so yes, I'm fantastically lucky in that respect). So yeah.

Now if that pill made me 5 years old so I could have no responsibilities other than learning the alphabet and to count, I'd definitely consider it!
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[personal profile] sophisted 2011-02-18 12:59 am (UTC)(link)
This. Same age, and I feel just about as young. Living at home really takes it out of you. The end of a long-term relationship really destroyed any "life plans" I had made and I have a degree I can't use because it's only good for teaching and there's a hiring freeze on educators where I am.

And when I moved back in with my parents, I had the added benefit of never having driven before and I just obtained a drivers license and now everyone is making me feel like a teenager again every time they mention driving or cars or how cool I must find it to be suddenly independent and mobile. Hi! I had been living on my own for over 5 years! I wasn't independent then? Mobility wasn't something I had just because I lived in a city I could ride bikes instead of drive? Gee.

*sigh* Sorry to vent on your comment.

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[personal profile] loriel_eris 2011-02-18 12:07 am (UTC)(link)
Re the 'How much I've accomplished' - I went for 'haven't accomplished yet', but mostly I wanted an answer that said, "I have big hopes and dreams... I just don't know what they are yet. (Tho, I don't think I've accomplished them yet. (Or at least, I hope I haven't...))"
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[personal profile] laurajv 2011-02-18 05:39 am (UTC)(link)
I rather feel that answer, personally.

I had a decade-long career that was pretty satisfying, but -- I'm home with a child now -- I don't ever want to go back to it. I'm done with it.

So now I'm figuring out what I want to do after my child-or-children aren't taking up the space shaped like a full-time job. I have hopes and dreams...but I'm not sure what they are yet.

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[personal profile] chalcopyrite 2011-02-18 12:12 am (UTC)(link)
Though wrt that first question: I generally think of myself as still being about mid-20s, but sometimes I feel maybe 17 and sometimes I feel like I'm at least 20 years older than any one (of the adults) around me.
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[personal profile] helenorvana 2011-02-18 05:00 am (UTC)(link)
This - I put that I feel younger, but really it's even odds whether I feel older or younger.
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[personal profile] james 2011-02-18 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
So I am 40 and feel 40, but had you asked me even a year ago I'd have said I felt younger than my age. But between finally getting a little maturity and some body parts breaking down, my feel-age has caught up.

I also feel compelled to say that everyone thinks I look 30, so the magic 20-year pill is pointless for me, if it isn't going to fix those health issues.

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[personal profile] soupytwist 2011-02-18 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
I'd be six if I was twenty years younger, which... wouldn't really be a good look. And I am naturally babyfaced, so my bigger problem is looking like I'm old enough for people at work to take me seriously!
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[personal profile] via_ostiense 2011-02-18 12:38 am (UTC)(link)
Like [personal profile] soupytwist, if I were to look twenty years younger, I'd look six, which it would make it extremely difficult for me to do any number of things that I enjoy doing: work, go around town on my own, get a drink at a bar, purchase things with credit cards, see what's cooking on the stove, hang out with the +1 without people thinking he's a kidnapper, etc.

Even if the magic pill were to take me back to just 20, I still wouldn't take it. For one thing, youth doesn't translate into being perceived as competent, if one is female, and for another, I do my best to avoid falling into the trap of the feminine beauty ideal. The signs of wear and tear on my body say where I've been and what I've done, so I don't mind them. I'm fine with looking as old as I do, and wouldn't find it validating or appealing to look younger.

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[personal profile] vickita 2011-02-18 12:42 am (UTC)(link)
I am 49. Do I take the pill? In. a. heartbeat. *g*

I feel much younger than 49. I *live* much younger than 49. (I always tell people that I was born 35 years old, and I will die 35 years old.) And I think it's true that I look younger than 49, although not twenty years. Five, definitely, easily... maaaaaybe ten on a good day and in bad light. *g*

I don't mind being 49 -- I like my life and everything that my years and experience bring to it -- but I would be lying if I said that I'm all that excited about looking 49.
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[personal profile] innocentsmith 2011-02-18 12:46 am (UTC)(link)
I had trouble deciding how old I felt, because it varies wildly between extremes of about ten years old and eighty. I'm pretty sure, however, that looking eleven wouldn't help.
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[personal profile] cofax7 2011-02-18 12:48 am (UTC)(link)
I had TERRIBLE HAIR at 26. I wouldn't mind being as fit as I was at 26, but that's not in your hypothetical, so I'll stay with how I look now.
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[personal profile] katie_m 2011-02-18 01:28 am (UTC)(link)
The hair's fixable, though!

(I mean, I said No, because it'd push me back way too young. But I could be a much better-looking teenager this time around!)

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[personal profile] sid 2011-02-18 12:55 am (UTC)(link)
Mentally, I'll never grow up *g*, but physically I've always been older than my actual age. My hair started turning white at 13 and was noticably thinning by 30; I discovered at a noisy 15-year HS reunion that my hearing was much worse than other women my age; fallen arches at 35; cataracts beginning to develop at 40.

I would take that pill just to have thicker hair again!

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[personal profile] ahouseforrain 2011-02-18 12:58 am (UTC)(link)
I would totally take a pill in order to look ten. But only after figuring out enough stuff re: identity and legality issues that I could actually go back to elementary school.

Why? Because I think it would be hysterical, and it would leave me a lot of free time to write and study. Also, I might get a better grasp on how kids think and act if I'm forced to be in close company with them for long periods of time.

In case anybody was wondering how serious I am about my writing research.

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[personal profile] polarisnorth 2011-02-18 12:59 am (UTC)(link)
I have a feeling my answers would be vastly different a year or so from now; the difference between being in college (now) and being a recent college grad (next year).
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[personal profile] nextian 2011-02-18 01:04 am (UTC)(link)
YES, this is what I was thinking exactly. Though it looks like we've reversed answers. I feel so nightmarishly awful about my current courseload and thesis that I feel like I've wasted college -- but if I graduate, well, then, I will be par! I will even be par when I am jobless and meandering, like most twenty-somethings, weeping alone in an unfamiliar city.

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[personal profile] scrollgirl 2011-02-18 01:18 am (UTC)(link)
If I took a pill that made me look 20 years younger, I'd look 11-years-old! But if you offer this pill to me when I'm 60, I might take it. I *just* turned 31 and clicking the next age bracket on your poll was seriously depressing. :( I feel younger than 31 mostly because I'm flailing at life, not feeling like a grown-up. I feel like if I were really 31, I would have it more together, you know? I don't hate my life and I'm a generally happy person, but I'm not satisfied with where I am right now.
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[personal profile] solarcat 2011-02-18 01:20 am (UTC)(link)
A year ago my answers w/r/t how I feel would have been totally different. But now... I've had a rough year and have re-evaluated a lot of my life, and I'm going to be starting over in a whole new place soon (as in, in a couple of months). I used to pretty much feel my legit age; now I feel mostly like a stupid kid again. But in a good way, if that makes any sense? I've got every possibility in the world open to me again, which is both terrifying and liberating. So I'll be turning 24, but I feel like I'm back in high school again. It's... weird. *is not a reliable survey respondent, really*

I wouldn't take the pill, though. In my experience, 4-year-olds aren't taken very seriously. :)
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[personal profile] staranise 2011-02-18 01:24 am (UTC)(link)
I don't know why, but I've always wanted to grow up. I've never wished to be younger than I am, or not to change. Of course, I'm only 23, but--I never, ever understood it when people said they wanted to stay little girls forever, and hated the onset of puberty.

[personal profile] indywind 2011-02-18 02:16 pm (UTC)(link)
I hated the onset of puberty because BOOBS.
But otherwise, ditto, perfectly happy with my actual age.

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[personal profile] astolat 2011-02-18 01:30 am (UTC)(link)
I said sure! to the pill, because that would be way more fun than having to exercise my way back into shape after the baby. ;)
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[personal profile] msilverstar 2011-02-18 01:40 am (UTC)(link)
I don't feel 51, not at all. 35 seems about right. Old enough to have gone through school and into an actual career. And I would like to look 20 years younger: I miss having a waist and bending over comfortably.

Accomplishments were going pretty well until I got hit with clinical depression and since then it's been downhill and hugely frustrating :-(

ETA: of course no one wants to look 11! I suspect the author of said book didn't talk to anyone under 50, and you are not even close to the target market!
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[personal profile] turlough 2011-02-18 07:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Hear, hear! My 30s was the best decade I've had. My 40s sucked hardcore (fuckedup back and clinical depression) but so far the 50s doesn't look too bad actually.
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[personal profile] blushingflower 2011-02-18 01:41 am (UTC)(link)
I like being an adult woman. I don't want to look 8 years old again.

But I don't know how to say how old I feel. I mean, some days my inner 6-year-old wants to play, and sometimes I indulge my inner 16-year-old, and some Friday nights I go to bed at 9.

I have not accomplished the things my 16-year-old self thought I would. I do not have a job or a husband. But I have traveled, and I am a respected member of my community, and I do have friends that I adore. My life isn't where I want it to be, but maybe it's where it's supposed to be.
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[personal profile] blueraccoon 2011-02-18 01:43 am (UTC)(link)
I'm 31 (kinda; my birthday is Sunday so I'm clinging to 30 for a few more days) and I don't feel it; I feel like I'm in my mid-twenties. I just don't have the mindset of a thirtysomething. But I spend my weekends playing D&D and my evenings writing porn, so in some ways I haven't grown up much :)

I wouldn't take the pill because I do not want to look 11 again. I'm not even sure I want to look 18 again; I think I look better now than I did then!
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[personal profile] thingswithwings 2011-02-18 02:12 am (UTC)(link)
ask me again when I'm fifty, but I don't want to be regressed twenty years atm. I'd be nine, and puberty was hard enough the first time.

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