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Do you think that you look your age?

Asked by tedibear (18475points) September 4th, 2008

My mom never looked as old as she was until she got into her sixties. (My grandma got sick, which caused her a great deal of stress.) I’ve been told that I don’t look 44. There are several people with whom I work that I think look much younger than their chronological age. How about you? Do you think you look younger, older or spot on? Do you know anyone whose age you couldn’t believe when you heard it?

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tinyfaery's avatar

I’m in my mid 30s and I get carded for Lotto (you must be 18 to play). Most people think I’m in my mid 20s. People say I should be glad, but it does get kind of annoying. My true peers often treat me like I’m a kid, just because I look young. When people find out my true age, they are usually very surprised.

aneedleinthehayy's avatar

I’m 18 and I’m pretty sure I look 18. Spot on.

silverjwlz's avatar

I just turned 28 and most people guess that I’m anywhere from 19–22. My mom also looks younger than her age. Definitely a good thing!

wildflower's avatar

Depends on the day…....Saturday morning, after a swim and trip to the sauna, I look half my age! Sunday morning, staggering home from an afterparty, I look twice my age!
....The rest of the time it’s probably somewhere in between. Most of the time people guess I’m a few years younger than I am – but that could just be politeness.

BarbieM's avatar

I think I look around my real age, maybe a tad younger when I dye my hair. My husband, on the other hand, is a year and half older than I am, and people always think he’s way younger.

richardhenry's avatar

I’m 18… I think I look 19 or 20? Maybe. I don’t know. It depends on the weather.

JackAdams's avatar

Yes, unfortunately.

September 4, 2008, 3:23 PM EDT

JackAdams's avatar

@richardhenry: And on your bartender…

September 4, 2008, 3:24 PM EDT

jjd2006's avatar

i’m 21 and i look way older. i hate it.
i feel like by the time i’m 40, i’m going to look like i belong in a grave.

JackAdams's avatar

I bet when you were 17, you could buy drinks, without being “carded.”

Lucky you, if so…

September 4, 2008, 3:33 PM EDT

El_Cadejo's avatar

Im 19 and everyone always tends to think im much older. Someone once made me show them my drivers license to prove i was 19 and not over 22 like they thought. I dont think i look much older than i am, but the way i talk is what i think throws people off making them think im older.

charybdys's avatar

When I was 12, I looked 17. When I was 20, some people thought I was 30. Last weekend someone guessed I was 6 years younger than I am. I think it depends on whether I have a beard/ and the style, my clothes and the context.

My coworker is 10 years older than me, looks 2–3 years older.

jlm11f's avatar

Nope, I look younger. And I like it that way.

McBean's avatar

I am constantly accused of being in my 30’s though I am 45. But maybe people are just being nice. I can’t be sure whether I look younger than 45 or whether other 45 year-olds just look older than 45. Hard to tell.

flameboi's avatar

2 weeks ago at the emergency room after my accident, the lady in the counter asked me “sweetie, which hs do you attend”
I felt awesome!

augustlan's avatar

When I was younger, I looked older (a dangerous predicament for a 14 year old girl). Now that I’m older, I really don’t know. If I die my hair, it takes several years off my appearance, but I don’t know if that makes me look younger than my age, or gets me back to looking like the 41 year old I am.

marinelife's avatar

I don’t know. People say I look younger.

McBean's avatar

@augustian: I looked older when I was younger, too. I pretty much had a blast in high school because of it.

Divalicious's avatar

I look younger than I am. It might be partly to a little “fluffiness” that keeps wrinkles at bay, though.

Since I’m now eating vegan… I will probably look older as I get leaner and meaner.

kruger_d's avatar

I’m 38 and got carded by a waitress this summer. God bless her.

McBean's avatar

@Divalicious: Quick! Have someone paint a portrait of you and store it in the attic!

scamp's avatar

I think I look my age. I’ve been told I look younger, but I think people were just being kind.

SuperMouse's avatar

I look younger than my age, people never guess that I am in my 40’s. That all may change when I let my hair go gray!

@jjd, it seems that when people in their early 20’s look older than they are, they look the same well into their 40’s or beyond. My husband always looked older than his age, but now (in his mid-40’s) he looks the same. You probably have a timeless, or ageless look, that is a good thing!

loser's avatar

I always hear that I look like I’m in my mid 20’s and I’m actually in my early 40’s.

Bri_L's avatar

I look about 5 years younger I am told. That is what people guess. I think my attitude helps.

Mtl_zack's avatar

i was just thinking about this more than usual today. im 18, and i look like im 12. its unusual because i dont act like an 18 year old, but more like an adult. everyone says, i look younger than i am, and i act more mature than i am.

McBean's avatar

@zack: When you are 40, you’ll look 30. It’s a good thing. Really.

flyawayxxballoon's avatar

I look older than I am. People usually guess anywhere from two years older than my real age to even four or five. I’ve been told that I could easily pass as an older teenager or young adult. I act older than I am, and more mature than most people my age, though, so that might have something to do with it. Anyway, I don’t see it as good or bad, just how I am. It gets annoying from time to time, but it’s really not too bad- I don’t mind it.

daisy's avatar

When I was 10, I looked 6, when I was 16, I looked about 11, when I was 23, I looked about 16 and I hated it. My folks used to always get away with paying the child rate for all events we went to, even when I was in high school. I’m 54 now and live in a college town and while I don’t think I look 21, I have been carded several times in the past year. It makes me feel great but I wonder about the person’s eye sight and whether they need be checked for glaucoma or something. I have 3 adult children and people are usually shocked to hear their ages. I realize that soon gravity and time will be more obvious, so I will enjoy this while it lasts.

susanc's avatar

Yesterday I had pretty-bad cataracts removed from one eye. Yikes!!! Not only do all my friends have really deep wrinkles I never saw before,
but so do I!!! I have to start behaving like the ancient crone that I didn’t know I was. Damn.

yannick's avatar

I’m 16, but my work mates all thought I was more around 18. Then again, some of my school mates reckon I could probably be 2. Depends on how I’m acting, I guess =P

cyndyh's avatar

People usually say I look younger, but I think they’re polite and I had my kids young. I do know that I look about 10 years younger now than I did two years ago when I was living in Tucson. Being pretty much constantly semi-dehydrated takes its toll on you. Suddenly living in a moister climate has done wonders for me.

Knotmyday's avatar

I’ve been cursed with always looking like a kid. Maybe it’s my perennial expression of childlike wonder <gag>.

Skyrail's avatar

I’ve no idea, I’m just me, I’m sure I look slightly younger then I’m supposed to. But heck I’m 17, a few years here and there doesn’t bother me, as long as people treat me my true age if they know my true age.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I inherited some great genes from my mom, who has always looked more youthful than her age. She’ll be 54 in a couple of weeks, but you’d never guess it. She looks about ten years younger.

I’ll be turning 32 in November and I get carded almost every time, both cigarettes and alcohol. I get a lot of surprised comments when they check my ID, as well as when people find out my age for the first time. I could pass for my early 20’s, and I kind of like it that way. For one, I’m still an undergrad, so it helps me “pass” without feeling weird about being the old lady in classes. Secondly, I feel like I’m about 25, so I like that my outside matches my inside.

sccrowell's avatar

I haven’t a clue! I know I don’t feel like I’m going to be 50. As for looking that age, you tell me. And be honest…

charliecompany34's avatar

i look nothing like 44 and still get carded.

Larssenabdo's avatar

No. I don’t get carded but people don’t believe I’m 49. I get that straight from my dad; people took 5–10 years off him automatically. Us folks with oily skin make out like bandits in that department.

answerjill's avatar

I am 32, but I have always looked young for my age. On my first day as a teaching assistant at a university, a student asked if I was an undergraduate. I am still getting carded, too. Looking young bothered me more when I was a kid. However, even now, I sometimes think that people do not respect me enough because they think that I am too young to have an real experience.

asmonet's avatar

I always get told I’m 17 or 18 at the most but I’m 22.

All the women in my family have this terrible burden.

fathippo's avatar

Er… i think that people don’t just guess you’re age because of how you look, but come across, kind of thing.
Like when i was younger (about 9), some people told me they thought i was older because (this is probably a bad thing) i’m really quiet and looked serious/ in deep thought a lot (i took that as looking angry all the time, which is most likely right…).
But physically I looked younger, and was really short because i never grew (i didn’t have any tablets for underactive thyroid things then).
And now, i can still just about get 12 and under food at the pub (it’s cheap) despite being a month of 16, but i don’t know if they’re just being polite and not asking(?). I’m going to take advantage of this underdevelopment for as long as i can =)

JLeslie's avatar

I looked older when I was younger, which didn’t make much difference because I was the youngest in my class…I was done with HS when I was 16…so I think I kind of looked like my classmates. Now I am 41, and it really depends on where I am whether I look my age or not. In Florida and NYC I think I look 41, In other states TN, MI, NC, I think I look a little younger. I think a lot of it has to do with weight. My grandma told me years ago that if you are thin you look younger, and I think it is true.

The horrible thing is I think my husband looks 32—hate him.

howto's avatar

Im 14…i dont look it!

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