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I have friends of various ages. Ones well over 8 years younger and ones over 10 years older than me. Age doesn't matter
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Age doesn't bother me
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Not really. And I've recently begun to think that it might not matter that much in romantic relationships as well. I used to think my acceptable range was +/- 4 years. Beginning to change that to +/- 7 years.
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Posted 6/3/12
nope. age doesnt matter on friendship...
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The wider the age gap then the more awkward it may seem. Even though people with great age differences can easily have lots in common because their "spirits" are very much alike but society can put pressures on the relationship between the two. It's a shame that this is so because no matter what age differences may exist, w can often learn a lot from each other and benefit from these friendships. Now where things can be even more suspicious is age difference and gender differences combined!
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i am going to agree with spiritbaem716 here. its ok to have freinds at various ages, i know because i do. but its not more than 2 years older to 1 year younger. so not that different. but you dont want to see a 15 year old going around with a 55 year old playing games and having fun... then he have to be family or you will think it is very weird.
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I don't think age matters, but that being said, I have had friends older than I am.
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Age shouldn't matter for friendship, no, however there are instances where I would probably feel slightly awkward. For instance, I'm in my mid 20's is someone was much younger say, 10-12, I would probably treat them more like a younger sibling or one of my kids, but if someone were say 15-17 and of the opposite sex, I would have to look at things from the point of view of their parent/parents and feel a little odd about spending time with them. I know this answer isn't going to be popular, but it's honest. Should friendship be effected by one's age, not really, in an idealistic society, but in today's society I would have to say I would be friends with someone of any age, but there are certain age groups I wouldn't physically meet in person, if that makes any sense. I'm hoping the slightly older demographic can understand where I'm coming from.
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Posted 6/3/12 , edited 6/3/12
Same sex? No.
Different sexes? Yes. In some instances.

Depends on the age difference though.
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It shouldnt, im a year ahead in school so all of my friends are older than me.
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Not really. If not for the fact it's against the law in certain instances, it also wouldn't really matter in romantic relationships, either, as long as both parties consented.

Creatures that only live to be around 80 years old and remain sane for only about 27 of those years aren't really all that different from one another.
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66 / M / Columbia, MO
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Posted 6/3/12
No.

It only gets awkward in certain social situations. I used to have a lot of college age friends when I was in my late forties. We got along great except when 1 or 2 would regress to 12-yr old antics like making faces or gestures to someone sitting in the next lane over at an urban stop light while they, the instigator, were in the driver's seat. Or when it came to collecting lots and lots of McDonald's ketchup packets then dumping the pile outside at a stop light. This is where my vicarious buddy transition would morph into parent clone chiding and guilt-tripping my "friends" back into a mature mode of social interaction. I don't like doing that but as I've aged I find I just can't tolerate certain venues of juvenile expression like when I was at younger times when in a car.

These guys have long since matured, graduated, have great jobs, families. We stay in touch using Facebook.
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It doesn't matter at all and some of my best friends are decades older than me.
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Doesn't matter to me. I mean i like having friends who are older. They have interesting things to share.
Posted 6/3/12
ask donald trump...
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