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Why do I get along with older people better than people my own age?

Question Posted Wednesday September 30 2009, 3:39 pm

Why is it that I do better, socially, with people older than me? I'm 20 and almost all of my friends that I talk to are 30 and up. Some are even much in their 60's and 70's. I'm not sure why but I feel like I relate better with them and have better conversations. My time spent with older people is more enjoyable than with those my own age. Is this normal?

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honestholly answered Thursday October 15 2009, 3:50 am:
In my opinion it's normal. I'm in my 40's and I get along really well with older and younger people but not my own age group. Were you a child that, when growing up, you were basically around older people all the time? That sometimes plays a part in it too, as well as just the plain simple fact that you might be more mature for your age. I bet that the people in their 60s & 70s find it very refreshing that a young person truly enjoys their company.

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hitler_the_goat answered Thursday October 1 2009, 2:31 pm:
same thing here, the conversations and antics are much more entertaining. some times I feel like I'm slumming when I talk to people my age. course the situation is different depending on your background too( for example; I'm a combat vet). in my situation, 99% of the people my age have no concept of the things I've done, or where I've been.. and vietnam vets are not only cool to talk to, but give helpful tips when we're talking shop. seriously, what 24 year old would know how to make a booby trap with a shotgun shell and a mousetrap?

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PunkieFreak4690 answered Wednesday September 30 2009, 11:49 pm:
Nothing wrong with it. You may just find more people of your age immature. I am 19, and I don't have many friends of my age. Older people seem to have better things to talk about.

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DearAbby92 answered Wednesday September 30 2009, 8:06 pm:
Some people are what I like to call "old souls". Their more mature than their peers. I'm a teenager but some of the things I hear other teens talk about sound incredibly stupid and immature to me. So it's not abnormal that you may find more things in common with someone who is older then you.


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