Does age affect trust?

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Re: Does age affect trust?

Post by Sarah G » 20 Dec 2017, 02:03

I do think age is just a number, it is more about maturity. You see it all the time, with a 20 year old that has had everything done for them compared to a 13 year old that is very independent.
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Post by Michelle92 » 20 Dec 2017, 23:07

There is a tendency to underestimate what young people say. But we should give them more credit to build a stronger character.
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Post by akeseh » 22 Dec 2017, 02:13

No! not at all. Trust most of the time depends on the attitude and the moral nature of a person. A person can be of age but can easily abuse trust accorded to him/her. I believe younger people are trustworthy than older people.
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Post by ladycraic » 24 Dec 2017, 22:25

I'm still more apt to trust a teenager rather than a child or adult, but I just thought of something interesting. Children are very impressionable to the countenance and emotions of others. That's why a child's testimony in court is usually not considered strong evidence. So while children are quite innocent in their intents to deliver the truth, they still fall susceptible to pleasing others.

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Post by psychopathycathy » 26 Dec 2017, 14:04

I feel like people usually don't trust younger children because they think the stories are made-up and outlandish, but children actually have quite strong insight, which we saw through how much Sarah developed.

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Post by rkgemes » 28 Dec 2017, 18:34

I think trust is determined by actions and behaviors, not by age alone. Age is not a factor in many things unless one is looking at it from a superficial aspect. At any age, a person can earn trust. It is the level of understanding from a person that encourages positive behaviors that leads to integrity and trustworthiness. Cultural differences play in role in positive attributes of a person.
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Post by Mallory Whitaker » 29 Dec 2017, 00:57

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I don't think so. I think no matter what age you are if you can you can be trusted. I for the most part was a very trusted and always have been. In Sarah's case with her background I can see why she was hard to trust.
I think that's a good point. Some people can be seen as trustworthy at any age. However, in this particular instance, I can see how her age was a hinderance. Younger people typically have very active imaginations coupled with attention-seeking behavior (which Sarah exhibited many other times in this book, especially early on). So I can see how this can lead them to seem less trustworthy than an adult.
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Post by free2018 » 01 Jan 2018, 18:14

Sometime, the young people cannot be trusted and vice versa.

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Post by Yaone » 02 Jan 2018, 01:31

Yes age affects trust. Trusting an adult is much easier as opposed to trusting a teenager.
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Post by readingnow93 » 05 Jan 2018, 19:04

In society, age definitely affects trust. A regular person can assume Sarah is young, naive, and some people would even let her age affect the validity of what she’s been through by assuming she exaggerates. However, I don’t think age should affect trust. People can go through a lot, and a 13 year old could go through more horrible and amazing experiences than a 20 year old just because of destiny. Destiny and fate play a big role in the universe and what happens with an individual, while age is just a number. People forget that it’s a dynamic, sophisticated world where everything happens for a reason. I don’t think age should affect trust, but it does in the real world of skeptics who may refuse to believe that someone young can have much life experience.

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Post by trevdev » 11 Jan 2018, 14:36

In life even though it is not suppose to be so age affects trust. In Sara's case it may have not been so but it is easier to trust an older person with experience and wisdom than a younger person with a wild imagination... It is important that we don't limit our trust to specific age groups like in this amazing book!We should all be trust worthy!

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Post by briellejee » 13 Jan 2018, 00:17

Maybe it wasn't Sarah's age but her history. No matter what age, as long as you feel you can trust a person, then go ahead. Yet, sometimes, caution is the key.
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Post by dphelps1113 » 07 Mar 2018, 16:21

I feel that trust is affected by age, but the thing is that trust can be broken at any age. We just expect older people to be more honest and upfront.

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Post by mamalui » 18 Mar 2018, 16:17

Perhaps yes her story would have been more believable. But thinking about it I don't think any adult would have been too forthcoming about sharing the ordeal for fear of looking insane.
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Post by Sakilunamermaid » 18 Mar 2018, 17:25

I'd say its a person to person basis, some people are more mature and believable and that may have nothing to do with age. It also depends on how fantastic a story is, like Alice in wonderland or Life of Pi. Some embellishments in stories may be to cover up trauma, be an overactive imagination, or a mental illness.

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