Age

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How old are you?

<=14
35
2%
15-17
529
24%
18-21
857
39%
22-25
434
20%
26-30
205
9%
31-40
86
4%
41+
45
2%
 
Total votes: 2191

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Re: Age

Postby Cloud Walker » Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:13 am UTC

Midnight wrote:now that i'm twice my age, I wish I was 9.


If you could be twice your age, I'm sure you could be nine as well and whatever the hell else you wanted. :D

EDIT: Just recently moved to halfway through the 26-30 age bracket.
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Re: Age

Postby curtis95112 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:40 am UTC

Necro, but I think necroing this thread should be okay.

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Re: Age

Postby Beardhammer » Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:05 am UTC

26.

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Re: Age

Postby ginadagny » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:05 am UTC

I'm 21, 22 in September

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Re: Age

Postby maxmillean » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:05 am UTC

Me? I'm 26....
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Re: Age

Postby Adacore » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:06 am UTC

If people remember to change their vote as they get older, I'd expect to see the mean of the distribution shift gradually upwards.

I wonder what age it would eventually stabilise at.

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Re: Age

Postby Cheezwhiz Jenkins » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:10 am UTC

That assumes the bulk of forumites will stay until A) they die or B) they leave the forums en masse at some particular age for some reason.
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Re: Age

Postby Adacore » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:35 am UTC

Cheezwhiz Jenkins wrote:That assumes the bulk of forumites will stay until A) they die or B) they leave the forums en masse at some particular age for some reason.

I think it merely assumes that (a) new forumites that join will have approximately the same age distribution as the original forumites; and (b) at least some forumites will stay for at least some time (greater than 3-4 years, to have a significant effect), causing the mean age to shift upwards.

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Re: Age

Postby KestrelLowing » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:18 pm UTC

I voted for 22 as I'm 21 and not too far off from 22 and then I don't have to worry about changing my vote in a couple months.

Also, it made me feel more special :wink:

As for the distribution, I predict that the largest chunk of people in the future will still be in the 18-21 age group (I think college is where a lot of people learn about xkcd) but the average will be higher as people will stick around.

However, my guess is that many people once they go through a significant change in their life (graduating, getting a new job, getting married, having kids, etc.) may no longer visit the forums, simply because time is limited. Also, I can imagine that the older you are, the more frustrating it would be to be around a bunch of teenagers/early 20s that don't have the life experience you do, so that may also lead to people no longer visiting the forums.

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Re: Age

Postby Adacore » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:22 pm UTC

Yeah, it's interesting. I've been in communities which have matured from 'mostly teenagers' to 'mostly people in their mid-20s'. Some people drift away, but lots don't, and you still have a lot of your old friends around to chat with (and they've aged too, so are equally mature).

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Re: Age

Postby Beardhammer » Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:23 am UTC

Adacore wrote:Yeah, it's interesting. I've been in communities which have matured from 'mostly teenagers' to 'mostly people in their mid-20s'. Some people drift away, but lots don't, and you still have a lot of your old friends around to chat with (and they've aged too, so are equally mature).


I consider myself living proof that maturity does not come with age.

KestrelLowing, 21's a pretty significant age. 25's pretty significant, too - your car insurance gets cheaper (mine went from $120 a month to $76 a month), you can rent a car in any state, and some other similar things. After that, I'm not really sure there are any positive things about getting older. Not if my parents and sister are to be believed...

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Re: Age

Postby Evengeduld » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:08 pm UTC

23 and counting
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Re: Age

Postby Fighting Lettuce » Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:00 am UTC

23 next month!

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Re: Age

Postby Jumble » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:54 pm UTC

KestrelLowing wrote:However, my guess is that many people once they go through a significant change in their life (graduating, getting a new job, getting married, having kids, etc.)
lets see: done (3 times), done (about 14 times), done and done. Do I get a t-shirt?
KestrelLowing wrote:...may no longer visit the forums, simply because time is limited. Also, I can imagine that the older you are, the more frustrating it would be to be around a bunch of teenagers/early 20s that don't have the life experience you do, so that may also lead to people no longer visiting the forums.

Actually, possibly I've remained immature, but I like to think that we still have important things to learn from each other even across a 20 year age gap. Besides intelligent conversation retains it's value irrespective of the age or other attributes of the author. I value my time here, but you are right that my post count remains limited by the fact that life tends to get in the way!
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Re: Age

Postby steve waterman » Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:27 pm UTC

I was quite surprised to see the readership broken down by age. I also was surprised that 41+ only had 2 percent.

I am 65 and suspect that I might be the only poster with 100+ posts and also in their sixties. I wonder if an older person has ever posted to xkcd if even just a total of 2 or more posts.

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Re: Age

Postby Adacore » Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:27 pm UTC

I don't know how old addams is, exactly but I believe she's significantly over 40 and she's got a lot of posts.

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Re: Age

Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:33 pm UTC

Huh. Just realized I'd forgotten to move to the 26-30 bracket.

Feels like just yesterday I updated into 22-25...

--edit-- Oh, it was just last page.

You, sir, name? wrote:Being 23, I've crossed to the other side of the hill. It's all going down from here on.

On the other hand, I can demand that 68% of the xkcdians get off my lawn. That's something, I guess.
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Re: Age

Postby Tomlidich the second » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:42 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:
You, sir, name? wrote:Being 23, I've crossed to the other side of the hill. It's all going down from here on.

On the other hand, I can demand that 68% of the xkcdians get off my lawn. That's something, I guess.

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Re: Age

Postby Clix » Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:11 am UTC

steve waterman wrote:I was quite surprised to see the readership broken down by age. I also was surprised that 41+ only had 2 percent.

I am 65 and suspect that I might be the only poster with 100+ posts and also in their sixties. I wonder if an older person has ever posted to xkcd if even just a total of 2 or more posts.

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Re: Age

Postby Ptolom » Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:21 am UTC

I suspect that if this was weighted by post frequency the average age would be quite a bit higher.

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Re: Age

Postby Whizbang » Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:28 pm UTC

31

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Re: Age

Postby Tomlidich the second » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:58 pm UTC

in one month, i move up an age bracket!

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Re: Age

Postby WilliamTheConqueror » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:06 pm UTC

...I'm still 16. I've got a little while until I move up into the next age bracket. ;-;
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Re: Age

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:06 pm UTC

It's the 24th page, and I'm 24.
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Re: Age

Postby Angua » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:07 pm UTC

I'll be 24 relatively soon (next month!)
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Re: Age

Postby ChronosDragon » Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:45 am UTC

Seventeen. It still strikes me as incomprehensible that the U.S. government legally considers me an adult in 8 months. I spent a long time trying to get here, now I'm not so sure I want the job.

Things were simpler before.
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Re: Age

Postby Tomlidich the second » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:32 pm UTC

ChronosDragon wrote:Seventeen. It still strikes me as incomprehensible that the U.S. government legally considers me an adult in 8 months. I spent a long time trying to get here, now I'm not so sure I want the job.

Things were simpler before.

It isn't bad actually. sure, the IRS occasionally steals from you, you can now be sued, and you will soon be responsible for many, many bills, but many other fun things happen. many. I cannot for the life of me think of them right now, but they happen.
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Re: Age

Postby firesoul31 » Thu May 01, 2014 3:13 am UTC

I'm half a year away from leaving the "oh god I hope nobody remembers anything I did at this age, ever" stage mentioned by some forumites older than I and going to the next bracket.
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Re: Age

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Thu May 01, 2014 3:29 am UTC

firesoul31 wrote:I'm half a year away from leaving the "oh god I hope nobody remembers anything I did at this age, ever" stage

There's another stage?
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Re: Age

Postby Thesh » Thu May 01, 2014 7:11 am UTC

I had to update the poll this year... 31. This poll should have had birth years instead of age, because updating it every few years gets tedious.
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Re: Age

Postby UniqueScreenname » Thu May 01, 2014 11:30 am UTC

I had to move up a bracket, too, cuz I'm a super legit adult now.

I miss being 17. Everything has gone steeply downhill since then.
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Re: Age

Postby Tomlidich the second » Thu May 01, 2014 4:01 pm UTC

UniqueScreenname wrote: Everything has gone steeply downhill since then.

It is uphill you have to worry about. Because It is usually a Ramp into a giant chasm, and you travel at the most alarming pace.
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Re: Age

Postby threetwoone » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:06 pm UTC

Uh...13? I feel like I’m too young for these forums.
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Re: Age

Postby suffer-cait » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:40 am UTC

I had to move my vote up two whole brackets since last I sw this thread.
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Postby Sableagle » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:07 am UTC

Fluff wrote:I'm 25 as well - Old enough to have played on the Atari !!
That makes no sense. What year was ... 2006?!? Heh, so ...

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svk1325 wrote:14... :?
LEGAL by now! :roll:

The passing of those years has at least simplified my answer. Back then I'd have had to tick one box for myself, the next one for my liver and back and the bottom one for my knees. Now I can just tick the last one: "Moribund."
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Re: Age

Postby Zohar » Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:22 pm UTC

suffer-cait wrote:I had to move my vote up two whole brackets since last I sw this thread.

Just one bracket for me.
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Re: Age

Postby patzer » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:30 am UTC

threetwoone wrote:Uh...13? I feel like I’m too young for these forums.

Ehh, not really? I joined not long after I turned 14, and I know some people who were younger than that when they joined. :)

(aww, I have to move up a category on the poll)
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Re: Age

Postby threetwoone » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:18 pm UTC

patzer wrote:
threetwoone wrote:Uh...13? I feel like I’m too young for these forums.

Ehh, not really? I joined not long after I turned 14, and I know some people who were younger than that when they joined. :)

(aww, I have to move up a category on the poll)
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Re: Age

Postby Jplus » Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:02 pm UTC

I feel old now.
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