In the past 3 months, I’ve been working in a market research company in Jakarta. For you who follow my twitter or a friend of mine in facebook, might’ve seen me posted things related to work there.
In every project I handle, I always deal with questionnaire, translated or backtranslated one. One of the possible question will ask about respondent’s age. Stated there, if the respondent refuse to mention his/her age, the interviewer are allowed to guess his/her age.
If I’m the interviewer, believe me, I won’t be fully succeeded in completing that question. Because I rarely correct on guessing people’s age. Better be positive thinking than hurt other’s feeling, right? N0T.
Better be truth, than hurtful in the last. Because no matter what we’re hiding, it will come out in the end.
In my case, I usually under-guess (too young) or over-guess (too old) people’s age. For you whom I might’ve hurt, really sorry for that.
In a related matter, what if we incorrectly guessing elder people’s age? It is known that we better give our seat to elder people, for them to sit down, especially in public transportation. But how old?
In my opinion, the rightful people to be given our seat are the ones who already retired from their conventional job. If we give a seat to someone’s below retirement age, we could’ve hurt their feeling. They aren’t working anymore means they become handicapped in the society, hence we need to help them. As long as they’re still able to work, why give them any easiness?
If they’re still able to do the conventional job like the rest of us, youngsters, they also must be able to stand up in a public transportation for a couple minutes, right? If you aren’t, please kindly take your pension, dear sir/madame.
Please do correct me if I’m wrong.