(Closed) the touchy subject of AGE

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Posting your real first and last name as well as your date of birth on facebook is a fabulous way to open yourself up to identity theft.  I don’t care if people know that I’m 27, but I don’t have my year of birth on facebook.

I’d imagine this is a case of “older and wiser” than the younger girls who don’t have a lifetime of assets at risk.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t have any part of my bday on facebook to protect my privacy.  All of my friends already know when I was born. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@SapphireSun: Yeah, that’s my thinking too, even though my profile is really private, and I only have less than 200 friends!

I also don’t post my full name and have a profile picture that’s actually my face for those reasons too.  I’m a bit paranoid, though…

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@nontraditionalmiami:  Until you get hacked…  Your friends can wish you happy bday w/o the year.  They must know the ballpark.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@nontraditionalmiami: Sort of.  If your friends can see then any program or person that gets into their account can see yours.  And yep…even helping your friends (especially if there are 300+ of them) know the answers to those special security questions can bite you in the ass. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Facebook could easily be hacked, not necessarily by your friends, but by other interested parties.  I just think the easiest way to guarantee a hacker can’t get my info is to not have it there in the first place.

Post # 11
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592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t have the year just because it’s not important. Most of my friend either know my age because they are close to me or else they are former grade school and/or high school classmates, in which case they also know my age. I certainly don’t keep from there to protect my “real” age. I just figure there is no reason to post it and no good can come from it

Post # 12
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1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Facebook and privacy issues aside, I always say that if you’re going to lie about your age, you should lie in the other direction.

Think about it: If you’re 40 years old and say you’re 32, people might think, “Wow, she looks a bit haggard for her age.” But if you say you’re 48, they might think, “Wow, she is HOT for 48!” LOL

Post # 13
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278 posts
Helper bee

@nontraditionalmiami: That’s the same for us too! My Boyfriend or Best Friend is two years younger than me, but he is the “adult” one, and I am more of the “wild & free” version. I feel so much younger than him and I forget his age too. He keeps me grounded and I keep him openminded 🙂 

I have appr 40-60 years left of my life ( god willing). Living everyday as just I want with those I want to have in my life. Age has nothing to do with it, lol, what matters in my opinion is what I do with all that time, and never to regret ANYTHING! 🙂 I think this has to do with one’s outlook on life. And sometimes life is really crappy sometimes it’s really great, so seriously. Age is just a number! ^_^

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m with you @nontraditionalmiami! I have my birth year on FB and I don’t plan to take it down.

Not sure how the thread turned into a convo about identity theft but honestly, there are so many ways to have your identity stolen and your profile hacked, I don’t think that one little detail is going to change it if it happens. I have my profile very private and never accept friend requests from people I am not actually friends with. Can’t do much more than that, imo.

Back to the original topic – I don’t care if people know how old I am, and usually when I meet people they think i am a lot younger anyway! I get mistaken for a high-school or if I’m lucky college student on a daily basis. I suppose I might feel differently when I am much older, but I don’t think so. 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just because you have your Facebook settings private doesn’t mean that meanies can’t see your information. There are programs that can be used (theoretically for the purposes of vetting people for job interviews, security clearances, etc.) to gain access to your account. 

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