Can You Guess People’s Age?

16 Sep

I can’t.

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?

Source: Flickr

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. πŸ™‚


16 Responses to “Can You Guess People’s Age?”

  1. Arman September 16, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    gua juga paling gak bisa kalo disuruh nebak umur orang… πŸ˜€

  2. sky September 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    gampang kok…

    tinggal minta ktpnya…bisa ditebak tuh umur πŸ˜€

  3. ario saja September 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    congratulations for new job

  4. Winnie September 17, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    hmm… I guess your age is around 20 πŸ˜€

  5. maminx September 21, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    terus sekarang kerja dimana? saya bisa nebak sih umur seseorang, tapi tebakannya salah gitu, hehe. coba tebak nad umur aku berapa? clue nya ya 17 tahun ke atas lah πŸ˜›

    • Ocky Fajzar September 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

      gak pernah nebak umur orang 😐 hehe tapi kayaknya sulit apalagi kalo dipikir dari cara berpakaian orang sekarang yang suka kebalik2 gitu ya….. anak muda pakaiannya terlalu dewasa, yang dewasa terlalu sok muda hahahaha

  6. volverhank September 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    haha iya nih, gue juga ga bisa nebak umur orang duh

  7. Elisa October 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Gua juga parah kalau nebak umur, pernah sekali ada orang dengan istrinya gua kira mamanya:( Kalau pengalaman kemaren di Jerman, ada lansia yang udah bener2 tua (kayaknya kalau yang ini gak salah duga deh:P), gak mau lho gua kasih tempat duduk tp ucapin terima kasih sih, gak marah. Terus gua perhatiin ternyata kakek2 lebih seneng berdiri kalau di tram/bus. Malah kalau dia lagi duduk dan ada nenek2 naik atau cewek bawa anak kecil, mereka bakalan berdiri.

  8. morishige October 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    nebak sih bisa, tapi sering salah. apalagi waktu nebak umur orang-orang yang nikah muda. hehehehe..

  9. neldasjourney October 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    HI Nadia, how have you been? Interesting subject. I get more excited if I see people look younger or even older than their real age. How life might have changed somebody’s face/look πŸ™‚

    • nadiafriza November 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

      Struggling in life mbaak, how’s yours?
      Thank youu! πŸ™‚

  10. Dokter Anak October 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    no i cant

  11. Gin October 27, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    Hi Nad, It’s been a while…
    Ummm, talking about guessing a person’s age, I can’t do that either. My success rate would be less than 50%. My guess usually older than the person’s real age… you know how stress rate could change the way you look… nice post

  12. Miftahgeek October 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Saya tukang nebak paling parah. Pas kopdar Blogger Bogor, ketemu ama bloggerwati yang baru join kopdar, saya panggil mba. And you know what? Umurnya bahkan lebih muda 3 tahun dari saya dan saya manggil dia dengan sebutan “mba” [period].

    Well, ujung2nya dia jadi cewe gw juga sih *qiqiqi*

  13. Arnolegsa Maupasha October 31, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    For you whom I might’ve hurt, really sorry for that. >>>>>> dalem nih kayaknya… mesti kepikiran siang malem dah..

  14. Nur Ali Muchtar November 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    may be, you must learn math to guess peoples age exactly. hahaha… just kidding bo.

    btw, i want to be able writing sentences in english like you. i will learn. help me please nadia. hehe

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