# Setting the Record Straight on... Age vs Maturity

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Leeberator
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I've seen so many threads, comments, and forum posts surrounding the whole age vs maturity debate that it's getting annoying. Most people have said one of two things:

• Age is a very good determination of your maturity, or;
• Age has nothing to do at all with your maturity

While both are halfway true, neither is completely correct. So, it's time to set the record straight.

Age is a very good factor for determining the maturity of a large population, however it is not accurate at all on the individual level.

I am going to draw a comparison to the Body Mass Index, which is in a similar situation as the age vs maturity debacle. The Body Mass Index was created in Belguim between 1830 and 1850 by Adolphe Quetelet in order to create a system of measuring the overall health of a substantial population. A number derived from dividing a person's weight by their height squared (kg/m^2, or (lb/in.^2) * 703) is a good method of determining the overall health of a population in that it generates a rough estimate of the population's overall health, due to the large amount of people balancing out the extremely diverse set of body types. However, on an individual scale, the BMI simply does not work. Why? There are many perfectly healthy people in this world who are very muscular but not incredibly tall (thereby getting a high BMI rating), who are tall but thin (thereby scoring very low on the BMI scale), or are overweight but are otherwise very healthy (scoring high on the BMI scale). Those three types of people are relatively common, are perfectly healthy for the most part, and yet get "unhealthy" ratings on the BMI scale.

This correlates with the age vs maturity debate because both function in a similar fashion. It is safe to assume that, for example, most 12-year-olds can act immaturely at times. However, this does not mean that the 12-year-old reading this now is not mature; what that generalization is saying is that based on observations of large populations of people, 12-year-olds have been known to act immaturely when compared to older groups of people. On a large scale, the first bullet point at the top of this blog holds true, however at the individual level, the second bullet point holds true.

Everyone is different, so don't use a generalization to judge an individual, even if that generalization is true, because generalizations are just that -- a general observation about a large population.
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FLAMESS123
03/30/2016 4:06 pm
Level 22 : Expert Taco
Age does scientifically reflect brain maturity, physical maturity has nothing to do with it.. And brain maturation does not mean how serious they are, (Thats more or less a character trait.) It means the less mature they are, the more prone to bad decisions they are. http://imgur.com/Jn9Q7b2 This isn't really a philosophical argument, older people are closer to having more mature brain and less prone to mistakes. But I kinda see your point, because I would say I was a more experienced player than many people older than me (in plugins, servers, building, etc.) So maybe your argument should be that you shouldn't judge someone else's experience level specifically by their age?

EDIT: Also, none of us are fully mentally matured until we are 25, so you can't say a 12 year old is "mature", and don't worry, a 20 year old isn't fully mature either.
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raidarr
08/25/2018 10:32 am
Old reply, but hey, yours came 2-3 years after the blog was posted, so why not.

Women, in fact, are supposed to age at younger than 25. I doubt they're a large enough majority to matter, but I will just leave that on the record.

Context is key, really. There's a lot of factors that play into someone's presentation, and while age is a big modifier, it's far from the only modifier. See how it works for each individual, at the end of the day.
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BlueTideFSX
09/04/2015 12:36 am
Level 28 : Expert Scribe
Well said, well said indeed.
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Lucy_the_Cow
01/04/2015 3:05 am
This. ^
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luigi_vampa
11/05/2014 3:56 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Dragonborn
I'm 36 and one of the most immature people I know! :D
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Al CatSplat
10/21/2014 7:33 pm
Level 21 : Expert Lumberjack
For the blogs picture how do you takes side screenshot?
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Leeberator
10/21/2014 8:01 pm
Level 47 : Master Button Pusher
I didn't. I took a screenshot of my brother staring at a sheep. :P
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Al CatSplat
10/21/2014 8:48 pm
Level 21 : Expert Lumberjack
I still don't get it.
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Leeberator
10/21/2014 8:52 pm
Level 47 : Master Button Pusher
I took a screenshot of someone else.
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Al CatSplat
10/21/2014 10:00 pm
Level 21 : Expert Lumberjack
But how did you do it from the side?
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Leeberator
10/21/2014 10:12 pm
Level 47 : Master Button Pusher
I pointed the crosshairs at my brother, turned off the HUD, and hit F2.
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