Why is it rude to ask an older person their age but not a younger person?

What’s the effing difference between asking a younger person their age and asking an older person their age?

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  • 6 months ago
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    I think the reason has to do with at what age people become sensitive about their age. With some women, it begins at around the mid-thirties with men usually older. Young people tend to not be sensitive about their age unless it is implied as being younger than they are.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    These days it's considered rude or risky to ask any adult their age (particularly in the workplace).

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  • Pearl
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    6 months ago

    cause theyre older is why

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  • 6 months ago

    Elderly are sometimes super sensitive about their ages. Youngsters are proud of their ages.

    So a proper person would never ask an elderly person their age for fear of embarrassing them.

    Not all elderly are super sensitive however. My mum in law dated an old geezer who was proud to announce he was 99 years old. My mom in law was 96 at the time.

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  • 6 months ago

    It's long been considered rude to ask older *women* their ages, not men. In the past, society felt the value and appeal of a woman decreased with age while a man’s value and worth increased with age. It's an old idea and may be waning.

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