How much younger than your age do you look?

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How much younger than your real age do you look?
I look older 6%  6%  [ 4 ]
I look as old as I am 11%  11%  [ 8 ]
I look a few years younger 11%  11%  [ 8 ]
About 5 32%  32%  [ 23 ]
About 10 31%  31%  [ 22 ]
People still think I am a teenager even though I am an old fart 7%  7%  [ 5 ]
I am not old enough to look younger than my age yet. 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 71

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15 Dec 2013, 11:41 pm

I'm 34 and people tend to assume I'm in my late 20's. I do get proofed a lot, but the cashiers around here are overly scrupulous about that in general. On the phone I've been mistaken for a child.



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16 Dec 2013, 2:35 am

I'm 23 but have been told on several occasions that I look like a 14 year old.



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16 Dec 2013, 2:51 am

when i was in las vegas, many years ago, i was 27 years old! and the security guard asked for an id, couldnt believe i was over 21. and people constantly thought me a teen and told me so when i was in my mid twenties!
why do we look younger than our age? this isnt the first time i hear this.



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16 Dec 2013, 5:17 am

I'm in early 20's. I grew a beard to look older.

If I shave I still look like a teen. I almost got turned away from bar this summer because I was clean shaven. When I have facial hair, I barely get ID'ed.



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16 Dec 2013, 7:10 am

I'm seventeen. Once someone thought I was fourteen and once someone thought I was twenty one. It seems to depend on how I'm dressed and what situation I'm in. Usually people think I'm my age.


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16 Dec 2013, 8:13 am

Hard to judge but I would say I look about 5-7 years younger than my current age. When I am clean shaven I can look even younger. I am starting to get a few gray hairs so I can't fool everyone for long! My Girlfriend is significantly younger and many can't tell who is the older one.



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16 Dec 2013, 9:14 am

I'm 29, but when I went to buy cigarettes the other day I was asked for ID which I did not have on me so left empty handed. I'd say though that I look maybe 5 yrs younger, though I've been told I look around 22.


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16 Dec 2013, 10:42 am

I am in my early/mid 20s, but am regularly mistaken for being 13-15 years old. I am even occasionally offered a children's menu when I go out to eat, or mistakenly given the children's ticket price for movies and other events. Most of the time I don't mind this, but there are some occasions where I want people to be able to tell how old I am and treat me like an adult.



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16 Dec 2013, 3:26 pm

I'm 39, and up until I was 30 I used to get asked for ID to buy tobbaco or alcohol. At 30 I looked about 20.
I started puberty late (at about 17) so that may have something to do with it.

What is interesting is that at 30 I was told by a psychiatrist that I had the mental age of a 12 year old. I was then put on ADHD meds, and began the process of "Growing Up".
It definately seems that as I have matured on the inside, so I am looking older on the outside.

Now, when most people are asked how old I am they usually say 33.

I have been told that people who have had a lot of stress look younger than they are.


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16 Dec 2013, 3:33 pm

StarCity wrote:
I have been told that people who have had a lot of stress look younger than they are.


Seems like the exact opposite would be the case.


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16 Dec 2013, 3:33 pm

I'm 24 and people tend to guess about 18.



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16 Dec 2013, 5:12 pm

I'm 23, yet many people still believe me to be approximately 16 years old.

My sister is 26, yet people guess her age to be 21.

My mom is 60, yet people think she is between 40-45.


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16 Dec 2013, 6:13 pm

<------ That's me, I'm 29 (not that anyone ever believes me when I tell them, they all seem to think I'm in my late teens/early 20's), do get ID'd a lot if I'm clean shaven, not so much if I grow a bit of facial fuzz.


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16 Dec 2013, 6:51 pm

superluminary wrote:
GreyMatter wrote:
I think a lot of the times when people mistake the age of Aspies for as much as decades younger than we actually are, it's not only because of looks, but also because of a naive demeanour and not carrying ourselves with authority and confidence, like adults our age. That naive, awkward demeanour is associated with young age.


I also suspect it has to do with limited facial mobility, like botox.

People are often surprised when I am the oldest one in the room.


I agree with the above hypotheses.

(a) we might be naive and shy and awkward, or very enthusiastic and talkative if we get going - "mature" people might be "more in control" of their mannerisms

(b) we might not have the same amount of emotional expression on our face; this could lead to less wrinkles??; I don't know, I think I do smile and laugh a lot!

I have AS. It would be nice to know for sure if we are more beautiful than average! HA!

I've been a specialist doctor for 4 years and I'm 35 now. I always explicitly tell patients I'm the specialist and not the junior trainee, because otherwise very often they ask me if I'm old enough to be doing this! Also if I introduce myself to new nurses or other staff, they often think the trainee (usually aged 27-32) is the boss, so I guess they look older (they do more night shifts so I can see why they don't look so good). Patients and new social acquaintances often guess I'm 28-30, but they think that must be wrong because of my job.

Also regarding the facial expression, I'm told I have a couple of intimidating "emotionless" or maybe "fake" facial expressions - one for trainee doctors who say or do something wrong, and I'm not going to correct them immediately, but I get a bit of judgemental look (!) which apparently is scary; and the second long is a "disarming" look which I must use when I don't completely agree with or understand someone socially, but I want them to keep talking (I'm being polite but I'm told it is a bit weird (!)).