To be honest, I would have preferred it to be like this from the very start! It makes so much more sense than playing the guessing game whether someone is 14 or 17, 18 or 24, or maybe 36 or 63. It just doesn't parse well, really.
It's better to know the age of the person for certain, and I'm glad GAG made a change that'll be for the better.
Are you glad people can see your exact age, and that you can see theirs?
YES and YES, I'm glad I can see the exact age of others, AND I'm glad that they can see my age.
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YES and NO, I'm glad that I can see the exact age of others, BUT I'm not fond of my age being public.
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NO and YES, I wasn't really interested in the exact age of others, BUT I'm glad they can see my age.
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NO and NO, I wasn't interested in the exact age of others, AND I don't like that they can see mine.
Not sure how I feel about this. I like to remain relatively anonymous online, so anything that decreases that anonymity is a little bit eh to me. But on the other hand I do like being able to see the exact age of others, particularly those who were previously in the "under 18" and "18 to 24" categories. For the under 18s it's easier to determine whether I'm at least slightly justified in writing them off for being too young (Like, if they're saying stupid things, I can just deal with it since they're particularly young.) And for the "18 to 24"s it's nice to know if the person mocking me for being young is even significantly older. Also I kind of like having my age displayed since I'm at the upper limit of the under 18 category, also making it less easy for people to disregard me for being young, though I actually do kind of find it amusing when people do that. (Also, not as much praise for being so smart for a teen. Absolutely tragic loss, that. I do rather enjoy having my ego stoked at times.)
Ugh, just as I advanced into the 18-24 category three days ago, OMG. Worst. B-day gift. EVAH.
Seriously though, I think that's a good thing. I've always said that every year makes a drastic difference in younger people (say, under 21) and let's face it, these are the ones that most often ask for relationship advice.
I don't know why I assumed that you were older. However, not really. Unless I'm having false memories, I remember them doing showing everyone's exact age, a year or two ago. You just had to click on their profile.
I think it should be illegal to show it without your explicit permission. They should not be allowed to show ANY personal information without your permission. I can see the possibility that it really is illegal.
They can't just go around making policy changes like that when it comes to personal information. I hope somebody sues the shit out of them. All these online companies need to be put in their places and stop violating people's right to privacy.