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Poll: Which is your year of birth?
before 1940 --- 2 (0.81%)
1940 - 1949 --- 5 (2.03%)
1950 - 1959 --- 16 (6.5%)
1960 - 1969 --- 22 (8.94%)
1970 - 1979 --- 18 (7.32%)
1980 - 1984 --- 25 (10.16%)
1985 - 1989 --- 40 (16.26%)
1990 - 1994 --- 32 (13.01%)
1995 - 1999 --- 68 (27.64%)
2000 - 2004 --- 17 (6.91%)
2005 - 2009 --- 1 (0.41%)

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[*] posted on 27-4-2011 at 01:15
Which is your year of birth?


The age poll is revived, but that thread is already 7 years old. Age changes in time, so it does not make sense if people now add their votes to that old poll. For this reason I make a new poll, but now based on year of birth.

I am wondering from which period there are most people. I am from the year 1966 and at the time of writing this post I am 45 years old. I have the feeling that I belong to the group of older members.

[Edited on 27-4-11 by woelen]




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[*] posted on 27-4-2011 at 04:33


Slowly getting close to the big 5-0... Scary thought that time goes by so fast. I was fascinated by chemistry in my early days after college, where I had cool chemistry teachers that gave us quite a bit of latitude when experimenting (and gathering reagents).

But I put everything away for many decades before my interest in chemistry was revived by interesting "gold salvaging" experiments and home brewing/distilling. So my current interest is tangible and useful, it's not just youthful experimentation, I actually am in the process of accomplishing concrete experiments that have either an interesting monetary purpose, or a very flavorful, hoppy result! :D

Using my limited knowledge just for cool, what-the-heck experiment is also fun too! LOL

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[*] posted on 27-4-2011 at 06:04


I'm 46. I've resurrected a past hobby.

Hey Woelen and Arthur Dent, it's good to see you're from my generation too...except we're separated by nations. Hey Dent i' m from Canada too... But living in the USA. I love reading up on both your comments. thanks guys!

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[*] posted on 27-4-2011 at 07:02


Soon to be 26 and looking forward/hoping to visit this forum for many years to come.





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[*] posted on 27-4-2011 at 15:16


I'm just turning 18! I feel pretty young for this forum and know I know far less then the senior members here, but I'm pretty sure I'll be here for quite a while :D



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[*] posted on 27-4-2011 at 17:33


Early results suggest a bimodal distribution (no one born in the 1970s here? really?). Very interesting.
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[*] posted on 27-4-2011 at 19:30


Interesting bimodal distribution we are developing here. Am I really the only one from 1970-1979?

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[edit] Sh*t, Bbartlog, I just noticed your post :P

[Edited on 28-4-2011 by Ozone]




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wink.gif posted on 27-4-2011 at 19:49


Great minds think alike...

I'm 25 as of 2011. I guess I'm in the majority. (For now:P)

[Edited on 28-4-2011 by Bot0nist]




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[*] posted on 28-4-2011 at 03:09


Wow, almost a text book bimodal distribution. Interesting.... Guess that makes me average - I'm 25.



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[*] posted on 28-4-2011 at 07:52


Coverage is an pretty good reproduction of the age/population graphs for north America, which would suggest that the forum gets about the same percentage of people from each age division.

Add ten years to this graph and see how they match; http://www.censusscope.org/us/chart_age.html
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[*] posted on 28-4-2011 at 08:40


Is it just me, or has it not dawned on anyone yet that a 6 year old couldn't possibly use the internet :D



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[*] posted on 28-4-2011 at 11:09


Quote: Originally posted by Saerynide  
Is it just me, or has it not dawned on anyone yet that a 6 year old couldn't possibly use the internet :D


I believe woelen included that category for the same reason that the other 'age' poll was obsolete. Because in a few years this thread may still be active, and the now 6 year olds may then be of posting age.

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[*] posted on 28-4-2011 at 11:25


I don't think asking your year of birth or age makes a difference. You want a snapshot at one point in time instead of a continuous poll. I would expect the average age to remain fairly constant

I am glad to see the majority of people here are my age. I think its a combination of several factors:

1) Maturity. No longer interested in being a kewl or a druggie. Several of our younger members are exceptionally mature though
2) Education. Graduated from or still in college/university
3) Money. So expensive!
4) Independence. Have a lot of free time, not starting a family




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[*] posted on 29-4-2011 at 06:16


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[*] posted on 29-4-2011 at 06:20


I'm with Ozone. The 1970's must have not produced to many of us interested in chemistry?



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[*] posted on 29-4-2011 at 06:26


Quote: Originally posted by The WiZard is In  
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I wouldn't be this old if — had my mother had said NO.


Fifty nos and a yes still means yes! ;)




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[*] posted on 29-4-2011 at 07:05


The distribution which I now see building up is something which I did not expect, but I can explain it though. I expected a peak around 25 and a slow decline at increasing age, but what is interesting is to see a second peak around around the age of 45 years.

The youngest members are in their teens. They are many of them who are interested in science, some of them in a kewlish way, others more seriously, but few know of sciencemadness. The really interested people among them eventually will find sciencemadness when they persist and move on to their twenties. The largest group are the people in the first half of their twenties. These are the people, who usually have most time and do not yet have a family, a demanding career, and a mortgage with the associated duties which make having time consuming hobbies more difficult. At the same time they have some money to spend, albeit limited due to studies and living out of the parent's house. Their relative freedom however more than compensates the lack of money and the really enthusiasts among them can find money for experimenting anyway (a matter of taking the right priorities :P ).

The number of people, active in home chemistry then quickly declines when people move on to their second half of their twenties. I personally have seen a few people quit at that age, due to the starting of a family, buying their first house, starting a career.
Then there is a dip in the group of people in their thirties. That is the most occupied group, having kids, a demanding career, all kinds of social ties and financial duties.
In the group from 1960 ... 1969 you see that many of them have older children, have less financial duties and larger financial resources and have more time for hobbies. The next two groups are smaller again, but that can be explained because in this group there is a lower involvement in internet affairs like forums, youtube channels etc.

What I see over here, I also see in the church where I am active. Most people who actively contribute to the church (e.g. organizing events, helping out with activities) are young enthusiast people in the age between 20 and 25 and people with more time and resources at an age of 45+. The people in the age of 30 .. 40 simply are too occupied and they hardly contribute and just visit services on Sundays and little else. I have seen many of these 'inactive' people become more active 10 years later while some of the young enthusiasts of 10 years ago now are fully occupied by all their other duties.




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[*] posted on 29-4-2011 at 07:28


Some age groups could be less inclined to participate in polls...
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[*] posted on 29-4-2011 at 19:43


24 here. Part of the majority is seems (so far)



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[*] posted on 30-4-2011 at 06:48


I guess I am one of the youngest here (14).



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[*] posted on 30-4-2011 at 08:17


I was assuming that the spike we see in age grouping could be due to youthful enthusiasm for the younger crowd and more people born around the 60's are setup working in the field of chemistry meaning one would expect a spike around this time.




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[*] posted on 30-4-2011 at 09:29


I'm 63.
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[*] posted on 19-5-2011 at 19:42


Quote: Originally posted by Saerynide  
Is it just me, or has it not dawned on anyone yet that a 6 year old couldn't possibly use the internet :D


it's just you young'n. my six year old daughter uses the internet fairly proficiently (with proper supervision of course). kids are great that way! they are only as limited as the teaching their parents give. at this age they are little sponges that absorb everything they come into contact with. they have an appetite for knowledge like phosphorus pentoxide has for moisture.

it seems as if the 70's are under represented a bit here. well throw my 37 year old ass into the mix!




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[*] posted on 19-5-2011 at 20:42


My kids been playing on y8.com since he was 2.5-3 years old.... That includes starting the computer... putting in the PW,,, opening IE and imputing y8.com to get to his games...

He has been using the computer before he could speak. We worried he could never speak but with his computer abilitys I was assured there was nothing truely wrong with him.





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[*] posted on 20-5-2011 at 00:41


Well woelen i think your perception it spot on.


looks like i am an old barsted around here born 1963


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