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Do you think you definetely look young for your age
Yes 72%  72%  [ 112 ]
Think I look younger, but not sure. 12%  12%  [ 18 ]
About avareage 8%  8%  [ 12 ]
Think I look old for my age. 8%  8%  [ 13 ]
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21 Aug 2011, 2:13 pm

When I was 16, I could go into an over-21s bar, unchallenged. Today, at 38, I look more or less the same. I've astounded a few fellow mums who thought I was around the same age as them, when I'm actually 8 or 9 years older than them. I've had grey hairs since I was in my early 20s, which I dye, but sometimes I can't be bothered, so people have seen it. One of my playground friends has a full head of white hair, but people think she's an older mum, when she's actually a gran, so I don't think grey hair really influences people too much when they are guessing ages.



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21 Aug 2011, 2:14 pm

I let people guess about my age. The result ranges from 28 to 36. I'm 38.

When they judge about my face, they're closer, when they guess about my whole appearance (I still have almost flat belly, I've never smoked, I do sports regularly, drink only a little, don't do any other addictive stuff), my mannerism, how I talk, what I do and wear, they're farther.

I'll cite a few lines from Jennifer MyIlwee Myers, from the book "Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships", page 139, (bolding by me):

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"My mother often explained to me that the skill set for childhood is not anything like the skill set for adulthood. She told me that I just didn't have the traits that would make me excel at being a kid, especially in social life, but that I did have a lot of traits that would be great in an adult. She pointed out that many of the kids who were popular and seemed to have it all were going to undermine their hopes for adulthood by the end of high school (or college at the latest) with binge drinking, experimenting with drugs, maltreating their bodies to achieve fashionable thinness, causing themselves permanent physical damage in pursuits of sports glory, and so forth. Many others would simply find that all of the traits and skill that they had so carefully honed throughout high school simply didn't work in adult life. She told me that when those people were siting around at age forty, drinking and remembering those few years of perfection, I would have a life."

I was quite shocked I've never heard or read an approach like this before, I thought other people usually have a more effortless understanding of how to live at every age, but the bolded text has some resonance.


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21 Aug 2011, 2:32 pm

I look 19. I feel much younger and have alot of energy. I am in my early 30s.



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21 Aug 2011, 2:36 pm

I used to get the younger thing until I hit 22 and put on some weight. I also grew a beard too.

I think the only reason is because a lot of Aspies are prescribed ritalin as kids which stunts their growth, making them shorter. to add insult to injury, most girls I don't like short guys, unfortunately.



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21 Aug 2011, 3:19 pm

grindmonkey wrote:
I think the only reason is because a lot of Aspies are prescribed ritalin as kids which stunts their growth, making them shorter. to add insult to injury, most girls I don't like short guys, unfortunately.


I never took ritalin. Am seen as looking young. Am short, but have been told that my height doesn't have anything to do with me looking young.

Apparently mannerisms I have make me look like I'm noticeably younger than I am is part of it.



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21 Aug 2011, 7:08 pm

I noticed that those that were physically mature in high school (1980) now look all worn out. Someone I saw from those years asked half jokingly and half seriously if I had built that time machine I designed... I said "Probably".



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22 Aug 2011, 3:47 am

My Mum, who I suspect as having AS and/or ADD is also very young looking and has aged much better then her classmates. She was approached by a woman who she remembered clearly from school (she was my Mum's tormentor). The woman said, 'I think I was at school with your Mum, you look very like her'. She thought my Mum must be her own daughter.



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22 Aug 2011, 4:35 am

Just recently I was asked whether I wanted an adults ticket on the bus. This question implements that the bus driver wasn’t sure. I am 26 yo. and the adult ticket has to be taken from the age of 12.

Was always like that. When i was 5 I looked like 4 , when I was 8 I looked like 5/6, when I was 16 I looked like 12 . etc.

I am happy about my body, but it does not help other people that I am neither big chested, nor tall nor do I put make-up on.



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22 Aug 2011, 4:38 am

shrox wrote:
I noticed that those that were physically mature in high school (1980) now look all worn out. Someone I saw from those years asked half jokingly and half seriously if I had built that time machine I designed... I said "Probably".
I had one or 2 who as teenagers looked already like 30 yo. I recently saw one of them on facebook and she looks like 40 now.



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22 Aug 2011, 4:56 am

When I was about 20, I remember walking to the bus stop and I could see 2 workmen on a roof, looking at me. I was expecting them to say something, like workmen often do when women pass. Then I heard one say to the other, ''No, don't say anything, she's just a wee lassie', (Scots for little girl), implying that he thought I was really young and it would be improper to say anything suggestive. I tried to keep a straight face. Most other women of that age would have been fair game.

In a previous post, I said that I could get into an over 21s bar at 16 - I think some make-up and grown up clothes and I could make the doorman believe it. Without that, I probably wouldn't have been allowed in at 25.



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22 Aug 2011, 10:21 am

I get asked for ID very often for things requiring age 21, and every now & then for 18. I honestly don't think I look THAT young, but evidently many people aren't sure. I'm 44, by the way.

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22 Aug 2011, 10:28 am

Some old lady thought I was 6 when I was 12 years old.



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22 Aug 2011, 6:30 pm

OJani wrote:
I'll cite a few lines from Jennifer MyIlwee Myers, from the book "Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships", page 139:

"My mother often explained to me that the skill set for childhood is not anything like the skill set for adulthood. She told me that I just didn't have the traits that would make me excel at being a kid, especially in social life, but that I did have a lot of traits that would be great in an adult. She pointed out that many of the kids who were popular and seemed to have it all were going to undermine their hopes for adulthood by the end of high school (or college at the latest) with binge drinking, experimenting with drugs, maltreating their bodies to achieve fashionable thinness, causing themselves permanent physical damage in pursuits of sports glory, and so forth. Many others would simply find that all of the traits and skill that they had so carefully honed throughout high school simply didn't work in adult life. She told me that when those people were siting around at age forty, drinking and remembering those few years of perfection, I would have a life.


I think that is a great truism that should be told to children, my mother did something similar.

I call it "still perfecting their high school coolness".



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02 Dec 2011, 3:40 pm

Only one slightly "significant" answer in not being almost pure self-observation.

The yes percentage (72%) is quite high especially since a lot of the others seems to be young people (perhaps just being early mature).

Also it depends a bit if you count gray hair, fatness etc.

I think if e look young, it should be from a "baby face" and perhaps emotions settings less traces.



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16 Dec 2011, 5:29 pm

I'm 41 and I got carded twice this week for drinks. I'm not complaining :)