Why people ask “How old are you?” instead of “How young are you?”
Because they look at my face!
For the same reason you would not say , wow how new is that? when your friend shows you a gramophone.
Im old enough to know better, young enough to still not care
Probably because people get older rather than younger.
Because we're not getting younger but older since the day we were born!
Perhaps how old you are is a measure of how mature or experienced you are.
Are there many things you need to be young enough to do?
I’m thinking you have to be old enough to smoke, drink, get married, retire etc.
Given a right context both could be considered to be insulting.
Maybe people think I'll take it wrong, I have a baby face . I've got to love the little old ladies who come along and ask me if I'm in high school yet, or tell me just how sweet I am with my four-year-old brother (yeah...that's my son...)
That said, from my own perspective in life...it is much more of a compliment to tell someone they're old (equate with wisdom and sagacity, life experience, etc.) than that they're young (immature, naive, etc.)
Regardless of some of the negative connotations with young...I still get a kick out of my husband's co-workers asking him about his teenage daughter. He gets a kick out of their looks of envy when he informs them that that's his wife .
I once had a girl ask me out on a date. I think she was in her early 20's. I kind of laughed about it, and she didn't think it was very funny until I told her I was old enough to be her dad.
She asked me how old I was, and I told her I was 40. You should have seen the look on her face. Oh my god you're old! She, said
I thought you might be like 25 or something.
I was flattered. But, wouldn't have went out with her anyways. I only date my own kind, and those with with facial hair. LOL!!
But, I wasn't about to tell her that.
Because of having good genes, exercising, eating right and getting stress out instead of holding it in, I look younger then I am. Because of this people tend not to take me seriously. I've had people my age or a few years younger tell me "You'll see it differently when you get my age" This can be very frustrating and not so much a compliment as many may think.
If someone does ask me how young I am, I don't think I will like it.
Agreed! Especially when I started freelancing, I made sure never to have pictures that showed me very well...people take one look at that, laugh, and say, "Yeah, THAT'S the person that's going to write content for and market my website? Are you sure her mommy will let her work overtime??"
Getting older is just a fact of life.
Although it makes me feel good when someone compliments me in reference to age, I also think it's good to be realistic.
One thing I don't like is phrases like "30 is the new 40" or however it goes; seems juvenile...lol. And there is no fountain of youth, no matter who looks for it. (sigh).
I've used the phrase before but in the context of "Damn, how young ARE you?"
when door to door salespeople knock on my door, they always say.."oh, Im sorry, is your mother home?"
I just tell them no.
I honestly dont care one way or the other what peopel think of my age. I am as old or young as I am. nothing you can do about it.
thanks all for your views
When you ask people how old they are, and they respond with '53 years young', you just know they're in denial and are afraid of getting old.
My Grandfather always said to me that your as young as the woman you feel.....I am 29 right now
The reason for that is because it makes sense. If I were to ask how young you were there wouldn't point a real point in that question where I can recieve information that's necessary. For example, if your dating someone and they ask how old are you, that's relevant. A 18 year old probably won't date a 13 year old. Another example, applying for a job, trying to get a liscence, buying certain magizines (Lol).
You see what I mean.
Thanks for your input
I've been looking round all the backlinking sites and they seem to be asking for a date of birth. Tried ignoring it but more than one site they have to have this information by law?
Anyway, I did notice some sites use the information by way of introduction - you know, here is so-an-so, 52 years old.
So I've taken to lying, I am anything from 20 to 40 depending what year I told them I was born.
Cheeky devils! What difference does it make to them what age I am?
young enough to never grow old - young enough to say something that doesn't make sense- young enough to believe in all the things old people don't want to believe in - young enough to keep experimenting with life - and most important of all Iam young enough for my grandkids to keep asking if I'll ever grow up
The gray hairs give me away, but when I color my hair I've been told I look ten years younger than I am. I've even been carded lately which made my day!
What is carded - do I want to be 'carded' ??
As you can see from my profile pic if you looked I am ancient, my lovely inside and outside girlfriend is 24/5 and I am getting younger - my hair is growing back and everything. I look forward to more youth hormones sweeping me back to peaceful babyhood before i go back to dust.
56, and have no problems with that
I thought I was turning 26 all year long, until facebook told me it was my 27th birthday.
I am 48, but when I was about to turn thirty -one I told my friend I wished I could do thirty over. I didn't get it right the first time. She said "Well Faye you got your wish, you should've wished for a calculator though. You're not turning thirty-one, you're turning thirty!"
Thanks all for your inputs
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