Age meme reconsidered

Using the advanced search bit of livejournal (if you have a paid account) you can actually find out who on your friends list is what age – that is, of those who have dared to disclose. You have to be a little cautious with it because a) the cut-off age is birthdays, so “between 21 and 26” actually means people whose ages run from 21 to 25, and b) the search database isn’t totally up to date, so a few of the most recent additions to my friends list don’t show up. Having made those corrections:

Of 68 “mutual friends”, 46 (68%) have given their ages in their lj info.
33 of those 46 (72%) are younger than me
3 (including me) are my age – 37
10 (22%) are older than me

Taking it in five year cohorts, there’s an interesting effect – a bulge at the lower end, reflecting the general age profile of livejournal, and another bulge around my own age, reflecting I suppose people who I have most in common with in terms of life experience:

Age range 15-20 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40 41-45 46-50 51-55
mutual friends 10 8 6 7 7 6 1 1

I just thought you’d like to know.

One thought on “Age meme reconsidered

  1. Katherine Burdekin
    Liz Williams
    Karen Traviss
    Justina Robson
    Tricia Sullivan
    Pat Cadigan

    All of the modern ones are award winners.

    Arbitrary cut off dates have effects.

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