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It's not that you are being judged for your age.

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avatar RainbowGangsta
Level 40 : Master Sailor
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I am not saying this for everyone on the internet, but it does have some truth.

Age and maturity aren't always hand in hand. Typically, 13 and under are related to immature because that's how many people in that catagory present themselves (or at least the people that stand out.) But, when you act mature, many people will honestly care less about your age (and then there are the people that will completely disregard who you are as a human being, but honestly that is their own problem for not giving you a chance.) To sum it up, a lot of times you aren't necessarily being judged for your age, but how you present yourself. If you aren't acting "mature", people assume you are just another little kid. But there will always be people who don't care about who a person is, they are just judging from first glance. Those people suck. Their opinion is irrelevant.
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What is typically deemed as mature or immature (at least on Minecraft)?

Immature:

-Raging and getting 'butthurt' easily. You've seen people in the chat on a server, they have been killed on a PVP server and they get really angry and start 'yelling' (can't technically yell on the internet, but you know) at the culprit. When you are on a server where PVP is enabled, you should know what's coming to you. Player VS Player. Some people are going to kill you because you're there, and your teammates may possibly kill you for whatever reason. I could honestly say more on this topic, but this is lengthy as is.

-Dating. This applies to real life, and especially in Minecraft. When you are young and dating, you come off to older people as immature, you don't really know what love is, and let's face it, not many people know what love is even into their twenties. and since you are dating on the internet, people look at it and think "oh, they have never met before. they don't know if it's a real person, blah blah I blame Obama blah".

-Illiterate typing. Not much comes off more immature and 'young' than not knowing the difference between too, to, and two. You should be expected to always type out everything properly, after all this is a video game, but sometimes I speak to people on MC and I do not understand what they are trying to tell me. This is something that somewhat bother me because of lack of communication. My only thing about this is type so people understand you.

-Being needy. Begging people for items is pretty annoying. You are on a video game, and you are expected to play. To save space, I am adding Pulling the "I'm a girl" card. being female doesn't make you special. Go punch your own trees.

-Not knowing the rules and commands. When you come onto a server, you are not expected to know everything, but reading the rules and checking out the commands makes it playing so much easier. There is little more irritating to a staff member than "I didn't know it was a rule." (<-- This is seriously my least favorite excuse behind "My brother did it". Which leads to..)

-Lying. Lying to protect your personal information is fine, but it's honestly better to not say anything about it if it makes you uncomfortable. But lying for attention or to appear cool is... just why. I've never understood impressing people with lies, they are interested in this person you made up, not you. Also, lying to prevent you from getting in trouble just makes staff membe.rs want to ban you more. Be honest and accept your ban, you might even be able to appeal on their forums.

-Sucking up to 'higher ranked' players. Mods, donators, and simply players with a lot of stuff alike, When you give all of your attention to staff and such in expectation of items, currency, or even a higher rank is not only unfair and rude, it's also unrealistic. A well run server will not give out ranks because you're buddies with their mod. Same thing goes on in PMC chat, if you're going to say hi, don't make your 'hi's' exclusive to staff. Say hi to everyone. (or simply say hi to all of your present friends). credit to Onere for this part!

Mature:

-Keeping calm. In situations where you are affected negatively, it's best if you respond calmly and resoursefully (if it's to bullying, try not responding at all)

-Knowing your stuff. Take time out of your first 5 minutes of playing on a server to read the rules and commands. It saves you so much time, and you may even find commands that are helpful.

-Being humble.  Don't talk about "me me me" all the time. Bragging is also a no. It makes you appear not-so-down-to-earth, like you live in your own little world.

-Server appropriate typing. You've read the rules, you should know whether or not you can swear or use CAPS. Also, if you type properly, it makes you seem mature, but honestly it doesn't matter. Throw in your lol's and brb's.


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I'm not saying that this is all black and white. But usually, when you see people acting boisterous and annoying, you connect it with "they don't know any better." Society deems your age as when you are a child, you don't know much yet. When you are a teenager or young adult, you have room for mistakes, you should know better, and when you are an adult, there are no excuses. You're like 30 now, get it under control. Seriously, if you are acting 'mature' and people still judge you for their age, that is their own problem. I think you're pretty fabulous.

Many of you reading this may be 11-14, so let me just say, you don't need to change yourself so you can appear more mature. You are at an age where you are growing and developing, no need to rush growing up. Stay electric, but also learn and grow. I can't really explain this well, so just give a listen to Vienna by Billy Joel.
Credithttp://www.planetminecraft.com/blog/why-do-people-judge-you-by-your-agerant/ This post made me want to do this. Also, Onere c:
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07/07/2014 7:57 am
Level 29 : Expert Prince
Mishoo
Im 22 But sometimes i just want to have "Immature" Names and acts just for fun x3
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06/19/2014 11:44 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Network
MidnightStorm
I agree it has more to do with the maturity then the age. You could be 25 and still raging, calling hacks, and being a brat. Great rant..one question tho, why is Lady Gaga in the tags XD?
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06/20/2014 2:09 pm
Level 40 : Master Sailor
RainbowGangsta
lady gaga is queen
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07/07/2014 7:56 am
Level 29 : Expert Prince
Mishoo
Yea she is <3
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06/14/2014 6:22 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
Mariocraft2001
i hate it that so much people use the ''my *insert family member here* did it'' since it hapened once real to me and people didnt believe me -_-
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06/10/2014 6:51 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
P0stalOffice
It touched me, but... Why is there Lady Gag in the tags?? o_o lol.
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06/10/2014 7:37 pm
Level 40 : Master Sailor
RainbowGangsta
lady gaga means everything to me
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01/25/2015 5:11 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
P0stalOffice
Hah.
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04/30/2014 12:36 pm
Level 48 : Master Lad
rotarydial
how would you react if I told you I was 8?
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04/30/2014 12:39 pm
Level 40 : Master Sailor
RainbowGangsta
every adult and teen were eight at one point, nothing wrong with it.
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04/30/2014 2:12 pm
Level 48 : Master Lad
rotarydial
just  kidding I'm 12 :P
but if I went on a server and said I was 12 people would probably think I was lying xD I've really become known as 'mature' on servers, once this guy mistook me for 18 .-.
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01/25/2015 5:11 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
P0stalOffice
Someone has mistaken me for 15-16 whe I am only 13 I was 12 at the time.
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06/10/2014 6:52 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
P0stalOffice
Wow...
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06/11/2014 1:18 am
Level 48 : Master Lad
rotarydial
0.0
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04/30/2014 6:43 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Artist
Torborn
I think 'excessive rear-kissing' should go somewhere on this list too (maybe as a subsection of 'begging').
It kind of irks me when a player will log onto a server and greet only the staff online, no one else. Same goes for the chatroom on our lovely website here. If you're going to greet people, greet everyone present. Don't pick and choose.
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04/30/2014 10:53 am
Level 40 : Master Sailor
RainbowGangsta
Completely true! I'll add that c:
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04/30/2014 2:36 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Artist
Torborn
Awesome :D
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04/30/2014 12:51 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
Temhi
When I get bullied, I do this, go to options, go to multiplayer, chat options, off.
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04/30/2014 12:58 am
Level 40 : Master Sailor
RainbowGangsta
That's a responsible and smart thing to do, it's better to handle it that way than to get into nasty arguments.
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03/31/2014 5:04 pm
Level 12 : Journeyman Taco
EskoXY97
My god.  I agree so much with this.
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03/29/2014 10:33 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
ilovedogs121
well im 7 not 11 or 14 and i see your proventing bulling i think...
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03/11/2014 6:47 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Dragon
TheEnderdragon59
Actually, to tell you the truth, just saying something mature like "I'm 5, would you like this Iron Chestplate?" means they will still get bullied.

This is what happened to me on the internet once, when i was 7 and stated my age, and said some mature things, i was bullied for my age.

This is wrong, but it does happen sometimes on the internet; so its half right half wrong.
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03/11/2014 7:09 pm
Level 40 : Master Sailor
RainbowGangsta
You were being generalized due to your age. When you assosiate a five year old on a game, you think something along the lines of "this person is very young, they aren't sure what they are doing, yadda yadda". That's pretty much the idea about my post.
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06/10/2014 6:55 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
P0stalOffice
I have met a REALLY smart 7 year old before, and I was supposedly 9? and I was a noob... His skin always confused me, when I looked at the back of his skin I always mistook his skin as steve... And he knows how to ddos? And he's probably 8 or 9 now... I didn't even take him as "this kid is really young, he probably doesn't know what he is doing o_o"
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03/11/2014 5:50 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
Someborednerd
Hacking. You forgot hacking in "immature".

It's like showing off how amazing you are in a game, while cheating.
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03/11/2014 5:37 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Toast
JustAnotherCrafter
I've seen a 6 year old on TF2 once :o He even said he was 6, and therefore was the target of the teasing. I tend to not be the perpetrator, but I don't back them up, either. They're on a server, they're too young.

Just my opinion, but this was still great :D
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05/07/2014 3:01 pm
Level 45 : Master Princess
OreoVal
I have a 9-year old friend who plays CoD.
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05/07/2014 5:02 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Toast
JustAnotherCrafter
I'm not surprised, that's one of the most underaged communities out there.
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03/10/2014 9:31 pm
Level 81 : Elite Goblin
esmirff
I like this blog. I am 27 and a mother and I have played MC for years. I can honestly say I have seen mature and respectful teens and highly immature adults. Generally, people who respect others and think before they speak, begin to exhibit those qualities fairly early on. Good company is good company regardless of age.
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03/11/2014 12:54 am
Level 17 : Journeyman Pony
MeddlingMoose
I agree fully with you!
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03/10/2014 9:05 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Artist
Roxshroom
So true... Finally someone who understands this topic. :D People are always lying about their age. It's so dumb!
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06/10/2014 6:57 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
P0stalOffice
They are probably trying to make themselves look mature, when in reality they really aren't I think EVERYONE needs to face reality..
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03/10/2014 7:53 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Spider Rider
Narwal_Lover31
All I have to say about this is...

Thank you.

I always feel judged for being eleven. So what, I have a mature side, other than my weird, crazy side. One time, I was looking at the fourms. This didn't even have anything to do with the topic, and someone breaks out and says ; "Anyone under ten is ----."  I don't really remeber what they said, but I guess it offended me. I just recently had my eleventh birthday, so I was ten when I had read that. I was really annoyed, but I never said anything about that. What I and many others found funny was that the member who said that was a level one... 

Anyways, judging someone by their age isn't usually the best way to go. Another thing Iv'e noticed recently :
"Looking for staff on my server. 13+ Only." 
I'm not saying what they said was immature in any way, it's just that they're judging people by their age, always thinking the older people are more mature...

Well, that wraps up my point of view on this subject.
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06/10/2014 6:59 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
P0stalOffice
Exactly, I'm 12 and i have a really mature side, I'm not one who always uses caps, or always swears. Heck, I don't swear at all. I find it not cool AT ALL. and I have found people saying 14+ and I found a server that only allowed 18+ x_x
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03/11/2014 5:39 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Toast
JustAnotherCrafter
It's all because most people your age are immature and dishonest, it's a stereotype.
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03/10/2014 8:40 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Toast
WillyWonka125
People stick to stereotypes because, unfortunately, this one tends to hold true. Usually, the 13+ or 15+ or 18+ rule isn't necessarily there to prevent immature people from being staff, rather servers want older people who have more experience and are (Sorry to say it) smarter and have more sense. Also, people tend to have more respect for a 15 year old than they do for an 11 year old, again that comes from this stereotype. But we were all once 10 or 11, and we all had to go through the same thing. Just have to wait it out, I guess.
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06/10/2014 7:00 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
P0stalOffice
I actually am mature and I have had experience especially as owner/co-owner
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03/10/2014 9:07 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Artist
Roxshroom
I guess we do, and I do bet it was originally to make it so immaturity couldn't be staff.
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03/10/2014 7:48 pm
Level 45 : Master Cowboy
Chron
Finally, something that deserves to hit the reel. I didn't even read the whole thing and I love it.

I'm sick and tired of young children (8-12) saying that they are mature without giving any proof. There is no need for you to say you're mature. Your actions tell us how mature you really are.

Looks like there's still a glimmer of hope for the next generation of bloggers. Diamond and sub.
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03/10/2014 7:59 pm
Level 24 : Expert Mage
TheColorBlindCuber
Am I a some what glimmer of hope? xD most likely not, but i agree.
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03/10/2014 7:45 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Architect
Jnaejnae
I very strongly agree with this. I am really quite young but on the internet I'm percieved much older than i actually am. Maybe It's because I have a good vocabulary and good skill with the stuff I do. The way I type might also have an influence. Diamond for you :)
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03/10/2014 7:50 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Architect
Jnaejnae
Although many times I'm so innappropriate that i seems just like im 18 or 19 years old. XD  I'm not inappropriate in public though i normally just save it for my friends. lol. Also my work is so good that it doesnt seem like someone my age could do it. Im very artistic :)
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03/10/2014 7:52 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Architect
Jnaejnae
I can also be really funny and sarcastic if I'm in the mood lol. I see myself as a good mix of personallity. Im really funny but mature at the same time. :)
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03/10/2014 7:20 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Engineer
Nianor
"blah blah I blame Obama blah".
Lol.
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06/10/2014 7:00 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
P0stalOffice
Hehe
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03/10/2014 4:56 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Goblin
poltercreeper
nice blog, but i have to disagree with the Illiterate typing section a bit. Yes, you should make it readable, but it doesnt have to be perfect grammar all the time, in informal settings its ok to be a little loose in grammar.
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03/10/2014 7:43 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Pirate
LordAskelon
Well that is a lie. We are always watching. Do dee do doo do dee do doo do dee do doo do.........
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03/11/2014 6:46 pm
Level 44 : Master Princess
Matt
but.... that doesn't have definite on it, which is a very commonly misspelt word ;-;
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03/10/2014 7:54 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Goblin
poltercreeper
wth
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