Now that I’m 24 and am still getting mistaken for a teenager, I’ve starting asking why. I know I look young for my age, but I should be mistaken for, like, a 20-year-old, not a high-school student.
My hypothesis: People don’t know what my age group looks like. I’m not the only recent(ish) college grad who gets mistaken for a 16-year-old.
Supporting reason 1: I think there is a tendency throw people to the poles. If you look young, you must be quite young, and if you look old, you must be ancient.
Supporting reason 2: My age group provides the actors playing high schoolers on TV.
That’s all I’ve got so far. Shout-out to all the other baby-faces out there too young to be married and/or have a job!
One last note: Men have it so easy. They can just grow a beard and add ten years to their age. What are we supposed to do? Pencil in laugh lines? (The exceptions, of course, are men dealing with patchy beards.)