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Just out of curiosity. I've been reading most of the topic discussions and noticed most reference that they are in college or about to go to college. 

What's the average age here? Are there any members in their 30s, 40s, 50s? 

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According to this poll, most people are 15–25, although there are a few older folks.

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I think this is one of the few places where I already get to count myself as one of the "older folks", and I'm only 29? (And at the same time... I have more in common with y'all than with most of the "people my own age" I know. Isn't the internet fun?)

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I know there's at least some people here in their 30's, though I don't know about many older.  I'd say out of aro online spaces, the forums is more likely to included people who are 30, 40+ because they would generally be more familiar with forums as a medium in general (whereas college-aged people like myself tend to be more comfortable with places like tumblr; this is the first forum I've actually used).  Due to a variety of factors it seems like there aren't many older (40+) aros who know they are aro and engage in the community, but I have seen some in those age ranges pop up in various survey results, but typically very few.  I also think older aroaces tend to be in ace communities more than aro communities because they discovered identities earlier when there was only ace communities and thus are already at home in ace communities without as much need to seek out aro communities.  

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On the younger side here, I'm 23. I'm really happy to have found this place-- I don't always feel comfortable in spaces specifically made for younger folks. I joined the Discord server listed on the r/aromantic subreddit a while ago and it just really wasn't for me. Most of the people there were in their teens, most weren't adults, and I ended up just leaving. I really like this forum!!

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I'm 30, but spending any amount of time in aro communities tends to make me feel old. I think this forum is slightly less skewed towards teenagers though.

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I'm 31. Some of the regulars on AVEN are older and there's a tendency for 20 year olds and younger to not stick around at all, but that's to be expected at a period of uncertainty. Much older members may not be accustomed to online communities nor know they're aro/ace spectrum. Some people just fall out of AVEN because of...well, you know, it's AVEN;)

The age-internet problem will apply here too so we'll see a younger-than-average population too. I guess 20 - 30 would be average, maybe 25 - 30 soon?

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The survey that linked @kernsing is a bit old now, it would be interesting to make a new one. But yes, the community is a bit young. But we'll get older and it will change lol.

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Mid-thirties here, and I know there are a handful of others older than me hanging around.

I have to admit that a lot of the discussion about school and college makes my eyes cross. I only have so much mental capacity for trying to get myself back into that early-twenties headspace to give thoughts or advice; It's exhausting even to remember some of the ridiculous drama that went on when I was at uni. So I'm not super active on these forums compared to on a few Discord servers where there are more people around my own age.

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36 here. Only really came across the term aromantic a few years ago, and things finally clicked. I think it's pretty common for us "older" people to just go without labeling things. Unless we happen across it somehow, we might not even think to look for it.

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On 9/22/2020 at 4:34 AM, yeska_noka said:

36 here. Only really came across the term aromantic a few years ago, and things finally clicked. I think it's pretty common for us "older" people to just go without labeling things. Unless we happen across it somehow, we might not even think to look for it.

I can relate. I'm close to 31 (but can't say I feel "old" 😉 ), but didn't hear about the term aromantic until a few weeks ago. Suddenly some things made sense. Not sure yet I need to put a fixed label on it, but it really helped to know about it to find about other peoples expericences as here in the forum.

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