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Re: How Old Are We?
« Reply #100 on: June 26, 2019, 01:17:35 am »
With 153 votes in, I find it curious the 20-29 group is so small relative to the others. Is it because they came of age between 2005 and 2014 during the "social media" revolution? Did social media replace books? I don't know. I'm just wondering. It's no secret that progressively, college students are arriving each year less and less equipped to manage basic writing skills. Maybe tech plays into it.

Yup. Today's youngsters are distracted by the "Internet of things". They would be easily attracted to shiny Apps on their phones.

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    « Reply #101 on: June 26, 2019, 07:05:57 pm »
    Yup. Today's youngsters are distracted by the "Internet of things". They would be easily attracted to shiny Apps on their phones.

    Or something... Though I'm open-minded, I hope it's not due to Tinder.

    I couldn't locate the current U.S. Census by age and sex (links hit dead ends).

    The median age in the U.S. is thirty-eight, so those born in 1981 came of age during the initial boom of the internet (around 1995). Blackberrys didn't come along until 1999. As far as I know, they had no apps. The iPhone arrived in 2007, and apps soon followed. So, we've been staring at our palms for about twelve years. If you're twenty-four, smartphones have been around for half of your life (or about 18% of my own).

    Anyway, we now know 36% of us are thirty-nine or younger and 63% are forty or older. I don't think this information will change anyone's life trajectory, but I do find it interesting. I thought the numbers would tell the opposite story.

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    « Reply #102 on: June 27, 2019, 04:53:32 am »
    Or something. Though I'm open-minded, I hope it's not due to Tinder.

    I couldn't locate the current U.S. Census by age and sex (links hit dead ends).

    The median age in the U.S. is thirty-eight, so those born in 1981 came of age during the initial boom of the internet (around 1995). Blackberrys didn't come along until 1999. As far as I know, they had no apps. The iPhone arrived in 2007, and apps soon followed. So, we've been staring at our palms for about twelve years. If you're twenty-four, smartphones have been around for half of your life (or about 18% of my own).

    Anyway, we now know 36% of us are thirty-nine or younger and 63% are forty or older. I don't think this information will change anyone's life trajectory, but I do find it interesting. I thought the numbers would tell the opposite story.

    I was expecting this result when you made the poll. It is almost predictable. And that is because one becomes a listener only after one grows into patience and wises up in life. I, like most people, was young and foolish at one stage. And then I had to adjust my visions and ideologies in accordance with all that works in the society. It's a part of the learning process during which you start developing the habit of reading. Not that youngsters don't read but only that they will read in between the lines as they become more and more experienced with life's ways, which is what novels teach.

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    « Reply #103 on: June 28, 2019, 11:13:04 am »
    I'm 70 still getting used to what I call the 0 birthdays. Each decade birthday has brought new challenges and adventures for the next ten years. Wondering what this one will bring.

    Grew up in the  50's. I was in 9th grade English class the day Kennedy was shot. Lived through the Sixties where the civil rights movement and Vietnam was on the news every night. Spent my high school years trying to figure out what to do about the draft. I graduated in '67 into the teeth of the big build up in Vietnam. Enlisted in the Marine Corps, came home went to college then spent 25 years as a firefighter/paramedic. Opened our cities Emergency Operations Center on 9/11 and watched as our nation and world changed from that single event.

    When I retired worked for defense contractors on Weapons of Mass destruction training. The crash ended money for training so I wrote a textbook thinking it would get me more consulting work. It didn't and the textbook company pays a lot less than I make of Amazon. Started writing fiction when the consulting dried up in my sixties now it's all I do. Had always wanted to write and now I have the time.

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    « Reply #104 on: June 28, 2019, 02:34:42 pm »
    60 today. Yay.

    I looked at this list of 'celebrities turning 60 this year' (link below) and cringed... some of them look so old. I look in the mirror and there are only a few grey hairs at my temple and not many wrinkles (thank goodness for bad eyesight, I guess), and I wonder how did this happen?

    I had some great high school classes yesterday (I'm a teacher) and it only seems like a few 'yesterdays' ago that my friends and I were that age, filled with energy and brightness and hope. I catch up with my school friends from the 1960s and 70s in five weeks' time - we've rented a huge house on the beach a thousand miles from here, back where we grew up, for a weekend to have a girls' sleepover, like we did when we were kids. Interestingly, when we get back together, it's like we are still teens - we laugh and talk, hug and love with the same passion for life, even though the layers of six decades have made us such different people on the outside. A few became famous, some became incredibly wealthy, one is still employed in the same job in the same shop she started working at when she left school in 1975, some had brilliant careers, some had ordinary jobs, some had children, some did not, some are grandmothers, some are not - but when we are together, we are the same friends who loved each other when we were young. That essence of self seems to be set in youth, and no matter what other changes occur in life, the people who knew that essence when you were young, will always see it. We try to get together for one weekend a year, and usually the boys come along, too, but this year, for our 60th, it's the girls only... lol 'girls' - we're 60 years old.  I think if you laugh a lot and find fun in life, if you remain positive, non-judgemental, and a little bit silly, you don't 'grow old' like negative, judgemental, angry, pessimistic people... they act old, look old, and seem like 'old people' to me, even when they are younger than I am.

    How old are we? Whatever age we feel - the numbers are not the only determinant of age.

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    « Reply #105 on: June 28, 2019, 03:32:09 pm »
    60 today. Yay.

    Happy Birthday! It's fine up here in the Sixties. The water is just right and there's no reason to feel depressed if you find yourself in bed at 9:00 pm.

    I'm a week older than Pierce Brosnan (we're both 66). He's my barometer but frankly, I don't think it's a fair fight.

    The highlight of my week: Yesterday a workman redoing my kitchen said I looked fifty-eight. He's my new favorite person.



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    « Reply #106 on: June 28, 2019, 05:50:15 pm »
    Thank you, Dpock - I think the 60s are the new 40s...or maybe I'm just losing my mind :D

    I wonder if the 20 - 29 year age group just don't join forums as much as we older ones. We remember the years before social media when we hung out on forums all over the place. I know the high school students I teach aren't in any forums and often don't know what it means when I mention it as part of cybernetic socialisation.

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    « Reply #107 on: June 30, 2019, 09:37:22 am »


    I wonder if the 20 - 29 year age group just don't join forums as much as we older ones. We remember the years before social media when we hung out on forums all over the place.

    The forums (including this one) I've tried to read/use on my iPhone are frustrating to the point of inutility. Maybe I'm missing an app.

    My 24-year-old son has a popular bodybuilding Instagram. He posts, edits, etc. exclusively on his smartphone. I asked why he doesn't use a desktop, which produced a sneer like desktops were for "work". He doesn't go near a desktop unless someone is paying him to.

    I do feel his generations preference for texting (above all other forms of communication) has affected its overall ability for long-form, give-and-take live conversation--there must be a better way to put that but I can't think of one at the moment. I live in a small college town with several very popular coffee houses. Walk into any one them and it's like entering a library. No one is talking, but they are communicating--just not with each other.


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    « Reply #108 on: July 10, 2019, 12:37:13 pm »
    Surprising results. I thought twenty-somethings would dominate by a wide margin.

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    « Reply #109 on: July 10, 2019, 02:58:53 pm »
    61 and grew up on a council housing estate in the West of Scotland in a steelworking town. Early memories include watching the 1st episode of Doctor Who which became a lifelong love and seeing the Beatles explode on the scene and turn the world from black and white to color.

    Comprehensive schooling in the Scottish system, a degree in Botany from Glasgow University, then 25 years working in IT up and down the UK in places like Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Colchester, Cambridge, Aberdeen and Perth

    I've been writing since '92. Went full time in 2007 and gave up the rat race, moving to a house on the shore in rural Newfoundland. Been full time writing since then, and we haven't starved.  Which is nice.

    Now also recieving a wee pension frrom the IT job, so money worries are eased considerably. Which is also nice.                             

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    « Reply #110 on: July 10, 2019, 03:05:50 pm »
    Update: I just turned 75, and can still get vertical!
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    « Reply #111 on: July 10, 2019, 03:10:10 pm »
    moving to a house on the shore in rural Newfoundland.                           

    I would love to hear more about that. I've never been but it looks beautiful.


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    « Reply #112 on: July 10, 2019, 03:15:45 pm »
    I would love to hear more about that. I've never been but it looks beautiful.

    It is indeed. Quickest way to get a feel is via my Flickr photies.... https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

    Or, I say a wee bit about it on my site. https://www.williammeikle.com/newfoundlandandme.html

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    « Reply #113 on: July 10, 2019, 05:34:54 pm »
    I'm "washes his heartburn medication down with bourbon" years old.

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