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AIBU to think it's really stupid and pointless when people lie about their age

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BenandBolly Wed 03-Oct-12 20:08:52

I just got a automatic reminder of a friends birthday that said "Annabel is 30 today" but the thing is she's not she's 33. She also claims to be 3 years younger on her facebook and her husband even wrote Happy 30th on her page grin The thing is her facebook is full of old school friends including me so it's not like we don't know.

AIBU to not really understand why people do this?

Disclaimer: This is meant to be light hearted after all the terrible news at the moment.

lunchbox Wed 03-Oct-12 20:10:46

Well it is kind of pointless of her, but I changed my dob on Facebook when I turned cough33cough. It made me feel better when I was struggling with getting older.

Doogle2 Wed 03-Oct-12 20:11:11

I haven't put the correct date of birth on Facebook cos I am a scaredy cat about ID theft.

However, it doesn't worry me as I am 21! wink

MatureUniStudent Wed 03-Oct-12 20:11:15

I was 39 for many years (a decade) until it has become too obvious I am NOT 39! So YANBU and are in fact wise. It is pointless. But that reality won't stop anyone smile

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 03-Oct-12 20:12:45

well im currently pretending to be 134 grin

BenandBolly Wed 03-Oct-12 20:13:01

I am wondering if her DH actually knows her real age or if he's in on it too. grin

Mintyy Wed 03-Oct-12 20:14:21

If you were at school with her, why don't you just post "No you're not, you're 33".


BenandBolly Wed 03-Oct-12 20:14:38



MatureUniStudent Wed 03-Oct-12 20:14:49

Wow Sock - you look amazing for 134!

You might have something there - I am going to pretend I am 60 and then finally everyone will think I look "good for my age".

BenandBolly Wed 03-Oct-12 20:15:39


Because she's really lovely and after her DH posted a Happy 30th I don't know if he knows or not blush

scurryfunge Wed 03-Oct-12 20:15:47

I'm actually 152 but only look about 46 so I think I can get away with it.

usualsuspect3 Wed 03-Oct-12 20:15:55

It's pretty standard to put a false age on FB though.

SofaKing Wed 03-Oct-12 20:17:10

Her dh may not know. At my aunt's funeral, we were in the car when her son said that it was such a shame she had died at only fifty. Everyone else gloomily agreed until my mum piped up - but she was actually 56!

We did laugh and it helped us as it was such a her thing to do, and she kept her secret till the end. Perhaps if my mum hadn't spoken without thinking she would never have been found out!

BenandBolly Wed 03-Oct-12 20:17:37


It's the fact that her DH has added a Happy 30th message. Also the other birthday reminder I received was the same and not from facebook!

3monkeys3 Wed 03-Oct-12 20:17:59

I have just turned 30 and have decided that I am no longer going to tell anyone my age (not lie, just not tell)! I wonder how long I'l last?!

StuntGirl Wed 03-Oct-12 20:18:01

I'm about 80 on FB; never put my real details on stuff like that grin

Would be weird if her husband doesn't know though. How old is he?

BenandBolly Wed 03-Oct-12 20:18:22



BenandBolly Wed 03-Oct-12 20:19:52


But a birthday reminder app solely for entered your birthday out of choice, why put the wrong year?

Her husband is a little bit older than her I think.

RuleBritannia Wed 03-Oct-12 20:19:56

You wait until you are 'older'. People think that you are fit only for sitting round a television in a rest home so I do not reveal my true age.

We do not hide our ages willingly. I took up hangliding when I was 50. I've canoed down the Orinoco and trekked through Borneo since then. I wingwalked when I was 70 45 so your friend is being a bit early in hiding her age. What's the matter with you all? You have a long life ahead of you so make the most of it while you have the chance.

Ranulph Fiennes is 68 something and is trekking across Antarctica soon. You can do the same NOW or a bit later whenthe little ones have grown up.

Mintyy Wed 03-Oct-12 20:20:26

Oh so what if she's really lovely. She's being a bit of a numpty to lie about her age. I couldn't tolerate someone so stupid amongst my friends.

thebody Wed 03-Oct-12 20:21:01

Age is a movable feast... I have been 30 now for 15 years..

Mintyy Wed 03-Oct-12 20:21:20

Seriously. It is beyond twattish to lie about your age. Really it is.

BenandBolly Wed 03-Oct-12 20:21:28

But IS Ralph Fiennes really 68? He might only be 40 and bragging how fit he is grin

BenandBolly Wed 03-Oct-12 20:22:54


But he might be ageist or something, wouldn't want to cause any fuss especially on her 33 big 30th birthday wink

FreudianLisp Wed 03-Oct-12 20:22:57

Yeah, I never understand why anyone would do this. It doesn't change who you are or whether you're interesting/clever/attractive/accomplished/funny/whatever. And if you tell me you're 30 when you're really 40, I'm only going to think 'Wow, she looks quite old for her age.'

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