According to this survey, I’m 27

…but I think this survey is totally whacked. Several of the questions are some teenager’s idea of what constitutes adulthood–but truly don’t even come close. If the survey were more accurate, it would say that I’m 35. Because I am. Honestly.

[X] You know how to make a pot of coffee

[X] You keep track of dates using a calendar
How else would you keep track of dates? Anything else would be like using a screwdriver to pound nails.

[] You own a credit card
If this is a mark of maturity, I’m proud to be an infant.

[X] You know how to change the oil in a car
I not only know HOW, but I actually DO change the oil in my car about once every three month.

[X] You’ve done your own laundry
I would changes this question to “You do”. Adults don’t do their laundry once and then turn it back over to someone else.

[X] You can vote in an election
How about, “You are an informed voter, and actually vote in elections”?

[X] You can cook for yourself

[X] You think politics are interesting
Politics IS interesting. Politics are not interesting. By which I mean, national politics is an interesting subject. Being involved in politicking (office politics, etc.) is not.

[] You show up for school late a lot
School? What’s that? And promptness seems a bit more grown-up than tardiness.

[X] You always carry a pen/pencil in your bag/purse/pocket

[X] You’ve never gotten a detention

[] You have forgotten your own birthday

[X] You like to take walks by yourself

[X] You know what credibility means, without looking it up

[X] You drink caffeine at least once a week

[X] You know how to do the dishes
They should add “by hand”. If so, it’d rule out every single one of my lab students. I think we should start requiring life skills classes in high school–make students learn how to sweep floors, wipe tables, and wash dishes (Oh, and recognize the difference between a towel and a washcloth.) It’s amazing how many simple skills are lacking in today’s youth.

[X] You can count to 10 in another language

[X] When you say you’re going to do something you do it

[X] You can mow the lawn

[X] You study even when you don’t have to

[X] You have hand washed a car before

[X] You can spell experience, without looking it up

[] The people at Starbucks know you by name

[] Your favorite kind of food is take out

[X] You can go to the store without getting something you don’t need

[X] You understand political jokes the first time they are said

[X] You can type pretty quick
Was that “You can type PRETTY QUICK” (as in the words “Pretty quick”), or did it intend to say “You can type pretty quickly”? Yes, I am nit-picky about adjectives and adverbs.

[] Your only friends are from your place of employment (school counts as employment)
I don’t know what kind of adult they’re talking about here–’cause most adults I know have other ways of knowing people. They have old friends and church friends and acquaintances from here or there and neighbor-friends, etc.

[X] You have been to a Tupperware party

[] You have realized that practically no one will take you seriously unless you are over the age of 25 and have a job
People took me seriously before I was 25 and had a job. Maybe it just depends on whether you say something worth being taken seriously.

[] You have more bills than you can pay
Thanks to a little thing called “responsibility”, I choose to only accrue bills that I can afford to pay. What kind of survey is this?

[X] You have been to the beach

[X] You use the internet every day

[X] You have been outside of the United States 3 or more times

[X] You make your bed in the morning
First thing


8 thoughts on “According to this survey, I’m 27”

  1. I’m glad to see someone else is a stickler for adverbs and such like! I was listening to a lecture this very afternoon by an American talking (very well, I might add!) about Classical Education and the whys and wherefores of it…. and he said, ‘You can get started real quick’. It didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the lecture, but I did gulp into my coffee!
    (Now, if you have read that last sentence, you will notice is was h-u-g-e-l-y long!)
    Love, Anne x

  2. Where do you find these surveys?! How funny! I tend to agree with all “your” points. I’m 41 but most of these things I was doing in my teens or early twenties at the latest (my oldest daughter was born while I was 22).
    Entertaining though!

    • Monica-I happen to be blessed with an abundance of teenaged Facebook friends, who love to do little surveys and memes. I tend to copy them off and save them for a little Saturday lightness!

  3. Wow. I’m in high school and I can mark about 3/4 of these! I haven’t even started to think of myself of an adult. All I can say of the poor person that wrote it is that they must have had a bad example to model adult life after.

    • John-I think you’re right. Whoever cam up with this likely didn’t have the best role models. Not that there aren’t SOME good “adult” items. There are just a few more that aren’t really accurate.

  4. According to this your 80 & 81 year old Grandma and Grandpa aren’t adults because they’ve never had a credit card! And drinking caffeine is for the less mature, not the more mature. Us older folks value our sleep more than that. And traveling doesn’t make one mature, it just makes one well-traveled. I agree with your assessment of this test.
    Some of your remarks were pretty snarky.


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