Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities


Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities


Sadly, age is perceived as the key of accessibility to experiences.

It is often stereotyped that less experiences equal young age and more experiences equal old age. That may be true for most individuals but the analogies do not speak for ALL people.

Some people will openly shower you with their criticisms based on the years of your existence here in Planet Earth. Why do these people base their standpoints so much on age?

For me, I find it extremely erroneous to insult a certain age group with regards to freedom of speech, maturity, wisdom, and knowledge. We all have a message to impart that is absolutely irrespective of age. Don't people realize that the latter three nouns are hailing from experience and immersion and are irrespective of age but concern courage and perseverance instead?

People are becoming knowledgeable when they use their time wisely in learning day by day and not by simply aging day by day.

The only times I accept comments regarding age are the times when physiological development is talked about and when the restrictions of the Law concerning age are in focus such as driving and consent for dating and marriage.

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

Grades and Ratings

Grades and ratings are products of assessment. Take note: assessment can be biased or unbiased depending on the one submitting the ratings.

With that, I could safely state that they barely define you; they usually define the people who have rated you.

1) In the academe, the ones who get the satisfactory grades are often regarded as the industrious and intelligent individuals ever educated on Earth and are worthy of clinching the opportunities for admission to top-notch universities and colleges in the world.

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

Also, I would like to take this opportunity to say that I am absolutely (SUPER) saddened with the fact that faces are rated from 1 - 10, with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best.

2) Maybe this is a societal standard but there are many people asking for ratings with regards to their face and overall physical appearance. The "7's" to "10's" are the ones regarded as the most attractive. The ones rated lower are regarded as losers and ugly people ever born.

Injustice! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I actually can't believe people have the capability in formulating unpleasant-to-hear sentences with these 'rates' in use.

"Sorry, I only go for 9's."

"What's so special about him? He's a 3 to me."

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

Quantity of Friends and Acquaintances

Listen. This is a rampant matter.

1) The number of friends you have is something judged by people. When you know many people at a personal level, you are regarded as agreeable and easygoing. When you barely know people at a personal level, you are regarded as a social outcast.

As time passes by, this changes. The easygoing folks get more friends at such short span of time while the outcasts get friends too but at a much slower pace.

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

2) I just don't get the fuss about the number of followers, friends, and subscribers in social networking sites. When you have many followers, you are famous. Otherwise, you're seen as a pathetic social networking site patron.

How is the number of your followers relevant to the number of users who actually enjoy your posts?

Would you allow your virtual persona to be judged according to the number of your followers, subscribers, and friends?

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

Income and Expenses

1) Most people evaluate a person based on how much he has in his savings. A person who has an abundance of money is seen as the stable one and is worth having as a "friend" and "the financial savior".

Truth hurts. In my sixteen years of existence, I have encountered and heard of a fair number of people who only befriend the rich kiddos in school for their money-leeching agenda and for the sake of social climbing.

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

2) In a similar way, a person's virtue of frugality is judged by the amount of money he/she spends. The one who spends more gets to be perceived as the generous one. The one who gives a smaller amount are judged as conceited and inconsiderate.

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

The people of the upper class are stereotyped to be absolutely lavish in terms of their belongings and sources of pleasure just because of their stereotyped spending habits-- tenacious, relentless, and with disregard to overpricing.

Most people associate the possession of expensive watches and jewelries to the rich.

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

Similarly, experiences such as:

(a) availing flights from the costly airlines, and;

(b) getting your hair done in a notably expensive hair care center are associated with the rich.

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

3) What's more bothersome is the fact that the rich are harshly judged as the greedy and materialistic social status merely because of patronizing commodities and services beyond the ideal costs.

Could we all please refrain from having this erroneous mindset and accept the truth that they are simply enjoying the fruits of their labor?


I would prove this point in two examples.

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

1) There is an election of officers. Undoubtedly, there would be some nominees who would use their credentials as edge, like: "I have served the x corporation for n years!" and "I held the y position for n decades." Usually, the nominees who have emphasized the duration of their service are often favored than the nominees who do not do so.

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities

2) Replies which are brought in minutes after an initiating text is sent are associated to interest and spontaneity. This is true for the most part.

Slow to no replies at all are associated to disinterest and indifference. This is debatable. Who knows? The respondent might be off to somewhere taking part in the establishment of some project that is a lot more worthwhile doing than exchanging messages with you.

Reality: The Numbers That "Define" Identities
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  • Fathoms77
    It's true that everyone has a message of some sort but age really does matter. Not in terms of raw intelligence or anything like that, but only in terms of experience and wisdom. And while it's certainly true - especially these days - that older people may NOT have more experience (a shocking number of people are refusing to have any experiences whatsoever, and would rather sit home), time is still important. What we experience ultimately defines us in more ways than one.

    Spot on about the money thing. We're in a very dangerous situation right now, where just about anyone with money is seen as cold, greedy, and perhaps even evil. We're not far from the slobs spitting on the successful people in the streets and then a newspaper article actually justifying the behavior. The world of tolerated and PROMOTED sloth and rationalization for laziness is very real, and absolutely terrifying.
    Is this still revelant?

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  • lost_alice
    they only define you if you let it happen
    Is this still revelant?

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  • capturemyheartnow
    This is what I call a 'Truthful Editor". She has explained so well on on sensible topics. The examples with which she explained were so simple and easy to understand. I have personally written down the whole article , for my future use. Wonderful! What more can I say. If I knew any Publishing House , I would definitely have recommended her name to they. I am completely impressed.
  • FakeName123
    Age correlates to more experience. Something that younger people simply do not have.

    While I don't agree with bashing on someone younger, it is clear that most younger people simply do lack certain experiences to make reasonable opinions on certain topics.

    Needless to say that it also depends on the individual what to make out of their experiences. Not everyone gets the same value and wisdom out of it.
    • A correlation does not mean they necessarily know best nor does it mean all that experience was relevant. I've known older people who where shockingly ignorant on particular topics.
      Ie technological literacy Iv had to fix the simplest of things for my older relatives before my grandfather only recently started using emails.
      The other common one iv found being religion many are very misguided and there views are entrenched many being unwilling to change.
      Age can definitly mean wisdom but it doesn't always mean wisdom and it can also mean knowing inaccurate word of mouth type information or outdated information.
      I'm also humble enough to admit that people years younger than me often know many useful things in certain areas that i don't.

    • But yes there are topics that most younger people my self included lack experience on. Some are of little benefit or interest so i don't care to learn others interest me or are of benefit but i haven't found time for yet.

      I personally and many others don't know that much about politics but don't think it uninteresting , on the other hand i don't particularly care about ancient history.

    • @sedrftvgyhujik

      "Needless to say that it also depends on the individual what to make out of their experiences. Not everyone gets the same value and wisdom out of it."

      I pretty much included that in my statement about what you just said.

  • Saoirse_Nua
    Great take for a 16 year old shows a very wise understanding of the world
  • orphan
    I left out self proclaimed penis sizing
    • Cccgala

      Oh, I see. That is one example as well

  • Anonymous
    For me, texting slower is a sign I'm actually concerned about the outcome. If I don't care or aren't that interested it'll be a quick response. If I feel comfortable with a person it'l' be faster as well, but I think for me there's a general trend for more time correlating with caring more.