Lots of people have no profile picture online or use an avator. Do you think you can roughly gauge a writer's age by their words?
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Thankyou Larry Wall for reading and for answering.
I smiled when you said 'I was young--once.'
I know how you feel.
What if the writer is old but after doing research, acts young and writes young and uses young words, etc.?
If he was old his phrases, adjectives and other similar things would give him away. However, it would be harder to detect age on a formal paper than a Hub question or comment.
I supppose if the writer is deliberately projecting a young age rather than their own more vintage one; then that is the age they will appear to be in the virtual world. As it's all about the words.
You made me grin, Larry. As you know, I'm no spring chicken--and although I will definitely say "gotta" when I'm being colloquial, "gonna" is still kind of...TABOO! LOL! (Note the Laugh Out Lout initials, deliberately and gracelessly inserted.)
Since we have not defined what is old and what is young, it even makes the line between old and young writers more blurry. Thus we may have proved that in some cases we can tell and in some, we can never be sure. I dunno.
Someone had said earlier that a writer could adapt their style and language to the age group of their target audience.
So it seems you could be right.
Ah very good answer.
Some old souls are in young bodies and some older people never mature.
I suppose it all depends on the individual.
Thankyou dghbrh. You are right; it is hard to tell a lot of the time :)
Thankyou very much Kevina Oyatedor. The subject matter does seem revealing at times but sometimes not.
Very nicely put CalebSparks. Thankyou for answering :)
Interesting theory. Thankyou for taking the time to answer Jynzly :)
I'm speaking as Professor for College students for more than 20 years. In just one look I will know what age bracket the writer is. Sophistication has nothing to do with it; and am not just being theoretical...it's a professional observation.
Thankyou for clarifying that Jynzly.
In that case it would seem that there is futher evidence to suggest that an experienced reader maybe able to pinpoint a writer's age.
Very true Sheilamyers :) Thankyou for reading and answering.