Age is just a number. Is this a fair comment?
Age is a figure that is used by civilization to mark how old a person is. The question implies that a person’s age is unimportant and has little impact on both oneself and in the society. Some might agree with the question, often quoting the ubiquitous saying: “I may look old, but I’m young at heart”. Many adults in their mid 40s and 50s insist that they are still full of vigor and motivation in life. But is this really the case? Is age really just a number? I think not. Much as we all know age isn’t all about appearance it is undeniable that age is a big discriminating factor in the workforce as well as in searching for a ideal marriage partner. In fact, throughout our growing years, age has always been a crucial part in our lives, shaping what we are doing, how we are treated and what is supposed to be expected of us. Thus, age will never be just a number. Age affects how people look and treat you. As a toddler, you can make as much noise, create chaos in the public and people will just overlook your nonsensical behavior. However, as one ages, and reach a certain maturity level, we are expected to behave appropriately in public, show good manners and give respect to others. Teenagers reach a stage in life where their hormones rages and become more conscious of themselves and of the others around them. No longer is holding hands considered appropriate as friends, but to be thought of as something more. A few years down the road, they will enter adulthood and be treated as adults, a world where teachers no longer scold and punish them but become their mentors and treat them as equals. Age shapes our lives, and mark not only how old we are, but also when it becomes appropriate for us to start doing or stop doing some things. For example, the American law declares one to be independent when one reaches 18, where one can start to own a driving permit, drink and take part in the politics. There has to be a reason why such protectionist laws are set in place for younger children, isn’t it? From another perspective, age can also act as a form of motivation, especially for young adults who are eager to start a successful career when they first set out into society. People are always setting goals, especially one with a deadline they have to fulfill by. A prevalent phenomenon seen is to set an ideal age to achieve their targets. With age as a “deadline”, people are more compelled to work hard towards their goals. Thus, age is not a meaningless tool whose only purpose is to indicate how many years one has lived. Having said that, age discrimination remains a big problem in society, where people undermine the talent and passion of individuals due to their age, which is deemed to be “unsuitable” or “out-dated”. Victims of such age discrimination in the workforce includes young graduates and the elderly who want to rejoin the workforce. Young graduates are described to be a tad inexperienced, irresponsible or just not reliable while the elderly are perceived as being resistant to change or new ideas, or even to be less competent than their colleagues due to their physical health. However, as society becomes more globalised and open , many young millionares and billionares have emerged. Examples of brilliant young CEOs below the age of 25 include Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple firm and founder of FaceBook, Mark Zuckerburg. Thus, it can be seen that society is placing less importance on one’s age and focusing instead, on one’s talents. While age discrimination still exist in the present society, in the future, it may be mitigated or even eliminated as the society
they might still have to face opposing views or remarks from the public. there might exist a generation gap between the two groups. leading to disputes. So is age just a number? My answer is a resounding no. and is definitely not just a number. the age perception of their partners still remain an important component. However. only of less than 10 years old. People always look at the ages of their partners before looking checking out the other details. signifying that in the current society. Thus. making it harder to get ideas across to the other party or may result in miscommunication taking place more frequently. However. based on the Singapore’s society.becomes more open. loves overrides everything. So is the case of the youngest married couple in the world. and is not just a number. As they all say. the perception of the society on the importance on age will somehow make an impact on their lives. there might be potential for age discrimination to be eliminated. Also. Even if people may feel that age has nothing to do with their work performance. one’s age is not just a number as it affects the mentality and way of thinking people have due to the culture they are grown up in. age is still regarded as an important factor in finding a suitable partner. where women accepts men younger than them. and they are unable to put the experiences they have to the relevant context. more and more people are widening the ideal age gap of their marriage partners. their lifestyles. Only then can we say that the age barrier is overcomed and is “just a number”. Age also takes a toil on their health. However. Also. Many stories regarding much older men marrying women whose age is fit to be their daughters are heard. even if they are equiped with valuable experience. in the area of marriage. The elderly grew up in a traditional society whereas the youngsters nowadays are more influenced towards the western culture. or when men marries older women. and their marriage choices. However. They would have to cope with hectic schedules that are prevalent smong the younger working adults. it is true that being older puts you at a disadvantage with the younger generation workforce. one’s age is becoming less of an importance. Thus.
. resulting in a difference in their way of thinking. In the areas of marriage and finding their soulmates. which their bodies might not be able to withstand. the experience the elderly have might be out of date since constant changes are happening to the dynamic world.