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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:03 AM

The average mental age of adults.

The average mental age of adults has been estimated at between thirteen and sixteen years of age. Now think about society and our quest for a father figure to lead and protect along with our need to be entertained with sports and running to the mall to purchase shiny objects we really don't need. I'm just thinking there is something to this that explains so much.

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Reply The average mental age of adults. (Original post)
damnedifIknow Feb 2013 OP
Scuba Feb 2013 #1
damnedifIknow Feb 2013 #2
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #9
cali Feb 2013 #3
RevStPatrick Feb 2013 #13
aikoaiko Feb 2013 #4
damnedifIknow Feb 2013 #6
aikoaiko Feb 2013 #12
redqueen Feb 2013 #19
aikoaiko Feb 2013 #22
EOTE Feb 2013 #20
damnedifIknow Feb 2013 #23
EOTE Feb 2013 #24
polly7 Feb 2013 #5
damnedifIknow Feb 2013 #8
aikoaiko Feb 2013 #11
damnedifIknow Feb 2013 #15
aikoaiko Feb 2013 #16
damnedifIknow Feb 2013 #18
polly7 Feb 2013 #14
JaneyVee Feb 2013 #7
lunatica Feb 2013 #10
GeorgeGist Feb 2013 #17
Gorp Feb 2013 #21

Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:22 AM

1. Don't forget religion.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:22 AM

2. Or value system is totally skewed.

Why do we pay people millions of dollars to play with balls? They aren't curing cancer they are playing! The only thing I can think of it's because they entertain the mentally immature masses so they are valuable.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:38 AM

9. As individuals our values are skewed. n/t

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:24 AM

3. want to give some reputable links to that claim?

And what do you even mean with the phrase "mental age"?

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Response to cali (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:43 AM

13. My guess, from the sound of it, is that this is a young person...

 

...discovering the world and trying to figure out why its so fucked up.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:32 AM

4. I'm not sure that you're interpreting that info correctly.

The concept of mental age maxes out its utility at around the mid-teens in terms of IQ.

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:35 AM

6. Definition

A person's mental age is a measurement of their ability to think when compared to the average person's ability at that age
Although Andrew is twenty-five, he has a mental age of six.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:43 AM

12. I understand the definition. I've taken psychometric coursework.

My point is that the concept of mental age was never really intended to go past mid-teens in the first place.


For example, while it makes sense to say that an 8 year old who cognitively behaves like a 10 year old is advanced, it doesn't make any sense to say that a 25 year old is advanced because he or she cognitively behaves like a 30 year old.

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:23 AM

19. When I read the subject line my first thought was about reading comprehension.

As a technical writer you're told to dumb it down. In writing classes they say to write at the level your audience reads at, so I'm curious what grade/age level most newspapers and magazines are aiming for.

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Response to redqueen (Reply #19)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:49 AM

22. Back in the 1980s, reading levels were set at 8th grade IIRC.


But then USA Today had only been out for a few years and it appears that many papers have followed their model which appears to be lower than 8th grade.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:50 AM

20. If that were the case, then the average mental age of adults would be their own age.

Half of the adult population would have a mental age greater than their own age while the other half would have a mental age less than their own age. The average mental age of 25 year olds would be 25. What you've proposed makes very little sense.

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Response to EOTE (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:15 PM

23. I don't know but something is going on.





The Hubris documentary made me start thinking again. I just don't get how people could have been be so easily swayed into believing the Bush administration fear tactics. Blows my mind.....really.


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Response to damnedifIknow (Reply #23)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:40 PM

24. Yes, something is most definitely going on.

But I don't think spreading completely unfounded nonsense is the way to address that.

I'd say a fairly small minority of the country actually believed the Bush administration. The rest went along with them because they're xenophobic and they figured there's never a bad time to attack brown people. Of course, about half the country was dead set against war and did their best to stop the inevitable.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:34 AM

5. A link to the study(ies) would be most appreciated! nt.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:40 AM

11. Oh FFS, that article is from 1919.


Psychometrics has come a long way since then.

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:46 AM

15. Much more info

using Google. Scoff all you like but do you have a better explanation? Personally I think there is something to this.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:56 AM

16. Let's look at what you wrote:


You defined mental age as:
A person's mental age is a measurement of their ability to think when compared to the average person's ability at that age


But in your OP you wrote:
The average mental age of adults has been estimated at between thirteen and sixteen years of age.


For the sake of simplicity, lets say you wrote in your OP:
The average mental age adults has been estimated at between thirteen and sixteen years of age.


That can't be true given your definition because however average 25 year old persons cognitively behave is the mental age criteria for that age bracket.


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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:19 AM

18. I had another link here

But I think they were talking about retarded adults. I'm in research mode so hang tight.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:45 AM

14. I was hoping for something a bit more recent and detailed. nt.


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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:36 AM

7. So basically Lord of the Flies?

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 08:40 AM

10. That explains so much

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:28 AM

17. Paul Ryan

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:41 AM

21. I check in at about 13. I'm okay with that. I liked being 13.

 

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