Can We Guess Your Age Based on Your Life Skills?
By: Beth Hendricks
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About This Quiz
Have you ever forged iron? How about made your own clothes from the skin of a deer/moose/elk? Probably not, right? Yet, those ancient life skills were the very foundation of a society long since past. Today, we're more well-versed in how to troubleshoot a computer, find the best seats at a concert or sporting event, or make our own cold brew at home. Not all that long ago even, maybe our parents' and grandparents' generation, people could do things that have almost become a lost art these days: driving a stick shift, balancing a checkbook, finding a date without the help of a smartphone app. Some people – maybe you! – possess a variety of skills that cross what we might consider generational boundaries. Maybe you're really adept at sewing, but you can also craft a mean tweet! That makes you pretty well-rounded, doesn't it?
Ever considered how what you excel at might give away your age (or your age at heart)? Choose the best answers in the quiz that follows, and sit back and watch as we narrow down your age based on your answers. It might surprise you ... or you might surprise us with your gnarly know-how of how a card catalog works. Choose the answer that best represents your skill level and find out if you're aging gracefully or young at heart.
Can you tie a tie or would you need an extra set of hands?
Every day when I go to work.
If I had to, for a job interview ... maybe.
Do you know how to start a fire without a match?
Does using a lighter count?
Yes, I learned it in Scouts.
I've done it twice this week!
Can you remove the SIM card from your phone without watching a tutorial?
From three types of phones.
With a little effort, yes.
Do you know how to write in cursive or is printing more your style?
I can, but I prefer chicken scratch.
It's the only way I write.
Can you drive a stick shift without stalling the vehicle out?
I tried to learn, but no.
Do you know how to leave a review—positive or negative?
Yes, because I read them when buying.
I'm leaving one for this quiz right now.
Do you know how to send a snap or would you need someone to show you?
Sent two since this quiz started.
I'd need someone to show me.
Can you change your own oil or do you prefer to pay someone to do it?
I could probably muddle through.
I'd rather pay someone else.
Can you change the channel without a remote or would you be stuck on the same channel forever?
Used to do it all the time!
If I can get off the couch.
Do you know what a card catalog is and where you might find one?
That sounds vaguely familiar.
Yes, and how to file using one!
It was required learning in school.
Can you stream music through your car's audio without asking for help?
I don't even know what "stream" means.
Yes, using two different streaming services.
If you had to go to the bank, would you know how to deposit a check?
No, I only do mobile deposit.
Of course. Checks are fastest for me.
My Mom used to do that all the time.
If you absolutely had to make a call, would you know how to dial a rotary phone?
My grandma used to have one of those.
I know how to dial a smartphone.
Big job interview coming up. Could you sew a button on your favorite shirt?
I seem to remember learning how to do that.
Nope, that shirt's going in the trash.
No, but I could find someone to do it for me.
If you were lost, could you read a road map to get you to your destination?
What happened to the GPS?
I don't even own a road map.
North, south, east AND west.
Do you know how to compose or respond to a tweet?
Does that involve a bird?
Tweets are for old people.
How often do you change your bedsheets?
Whenever someone else does laundry.
When company's coming over.
Can you build a budget and then use it to guide your financial decisions?
Yes, I live on a fixed income.
I can, but I don't like it.
Do you know how to check interest rates and refinance a mortgage?
My house is finally paid off!
Think back to your school days. Have you ever covered a textbook in a brown paper bag?
Seems like I've heard about this.
Have you ever made a mixtape for yourself or someone else?
I have a playlist on Spotify?
No, but I remember those.
I've heard of a mixtape, I think...
I think I still have some in the attic!
Do you know how to set a traditional alarm clock or is a phone alarm more your speed?
I can set an alarm on my phone.
Wow, haven't thought about an alarm clock in a while!
Who needs an alarm clock at my age?
Have you ever ironed a shirt for an important event?
That's what the dryer is for.
I do a couple times a week.
I've never even seen an iron.
It's Wednesday and you're thinking about a date for the weekend. Where would you look first?
I have a ton of dating apps.
I'm interested in someone at work.
You're in the taxi headed to the airport. Do you know how to check in for your flight online?
Click this, then that ... and done.
I don't know how this newfangled stuff works!
I've only flown with my parents.
It's a little confusing to navigate, but I could probably do it.
It's Monday morning and you need coffee. Which of these methods would you prefer to use to make it?
Ordering at a coffee shop, hello?
I have a fancy coffee machine at home.
In a percolator, on the stove.
An old-fashioned coffee pot gets the job done.
Do you know how to ride a boogie board?
No, but I've watched my kids do it.
Can you cook a decent meal that doesn't require the use of a microwave?
I've gotten pretty adept in the kitchen.
Who cooks in a microwave?
I have a couple recipes up my sleeve.
Have you ever gone through the loan application process?
Several, and paid all of them off.
Not only that, but I just refinanced one.
You've just finished eating out. Can you calculate how to leave a tip?
I tip whatever I feel like.
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