Does age affect trust?

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Post by Marylynn » 24 Nov 2017, 09:36

I believe that Sara would have been trusted more had she been older. Kids tend to let their imaginations travel wild.
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Post by katiesquilts » 25 Nov 2017, 02:43

I think I'm the opposite of most people on this topic, as I'm much more likely to believe children than I am adults. Children are still too young to know how to lie and weasel their way around, so even if they lie it's obvious. However, adults are really good at telling "white lies" and generally deceiving people...

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Post by Butch Acuna » 26 Nov 2017, 23:41

Definitely yes, age and status in life, in the case of Sarah both her age and status goes against her credibility, in real life, pretty girls often daydreams of saving their prince charming, that is why blondes are suspected of being dumb because words of admiration about their beauty trigger daydreaming.

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Post by Kelebogile Mbangi » 27 Nov 2017, 04:13

dhomespot wrote:I do believe age affects trust. I am more apt to believe an adult as a teenager. Until this post, I have never stopped to ponder on why that is.
This is so true. I think though that it has to do with the stereotypes we have of different age groups. An adult I believe is more put together and has their story straight as compared to a teenager. I realize though that this is a wrong notion.
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Post by DWAITHAKA » 28 Nov 2017, 23:27

Age will always affect trust. young people will be trusted more than old ones and this portrays well in the book.
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Post by ReviewerDiksha » 29 Nov 2017, 11:40

It does happen that when young people tell some fantastical stpry,older people tend to take them.. for not real! But even as we grow up, people tend to think people are crazy if any such thing happens to them

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Post by Kayleigh Brookes » 29 Nov 2017, 22:07

Age is just a number in my opinion. I think young people should be taken more seriously. For example, there are a lot of people who are more mature and wiser than their numerical age. It all depends on life experiences.

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Post by Matt D Prinne » 30 Nov 2017, 07:41

Had Sarah been older, her story would indeed be more believable.

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Post by Rosemary Wright » 03 Dec 2017, 10:50

Definitely her story would have been more believable if she were older. Sometimes people don't take kids seriously.

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Post by Goaldiggergirl » 03 Dec 2017, 10:55

In my opinion when we're younger we trust all the people around us. But when we aged we choose whom we give our trust or that people must earn our trust first.

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Post by bruin » 04 Dec 2017, 01:02

Something to think about. I think younger people should be trusted more, but usually aren't as much as older people are. I'm not exactly sure why. Is it because you would expect to trust someone older, and you just assume younger people are not as reliable? I never really thought about it until now. I think you should be trusted at any age. Sometimes when you feel that some one does not trust you at a young age, it can negatively effect you as an adult.

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Post by Momlovesbooks » 04 Dec 2017, 12:33

In many cases, I think age affects trust. Sometimes younger people are viewed as less serious or fanciful. Personally, I try to give all ages the trust they deserve, based on the individual.

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Post by inaramid » 05 Dec 2017, 10:55

Well, I guess there's physical age and there's psychological age, just as much as there's physical maturity and there's emotional maturity. We can't really judge someone by his or her youth, as personal experiences and various circumstances would have prompted a person to mature faster.

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Post by Vickyoreo86 » 05 Dec 2017, 16:36

It's a double-edged sword in life I think. Our past actions usually define how much trust we deserve. Though if a person, no matter the age, is not trusted when they know the truth, it can cause them to have trust issues with others. I would hope that no matter the age of the person, and whether I outright believed what I was being told or not, I would at least give it the benefit of the doubt. Same with opinions. Young adult opinions matter just as much as ours.
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Post by bluegreenmarina » 05 Dec 2017, 18:24

I think if we were talking about a young child, yes, age would definitely impact believability. However at 13 or older, one can expect that the child knows the difference between reality and non reality.

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