Yet another dipshit in IM, who seemed nice when we met in an IRC channel:
Me: Does it matter? :)
Her: yes, it does to me
Her: I like to know who I'm talking to.
Me: I don't like to tell people my age, because it just leads to assumptions being made about me.
Her: So you're assuming that about me, then.
Me: I'd be astounded if you didn't ever make assumptions about anyone. Honestly I'd think you were a robot. ;) (Sometimes the people who piss me off the most are the "I never assume anything, I have no racist/ageist/sexist/etc. thoughts, I'm totally open-minded" folks, because you KNOW they're fooling themselves and won't listen to anything you say when you try to wake them up.)
Her: I don't talk to people under 18 online. It's inappropriate and I don't do it.
Me: I don't see how it could be inappropriate ... I'm really not interested in anything romantic or sexual. (People have sometimes asked me my age in the past and, when pressed for a reason, said that they wanted to know if they should pursue a relationship with me. They might've asked if I was INTERESTED in a relationship.)
Her: That wasn't what I wanted at all. Now you're assuming things about me.
Me: No, I'm not ... I'm just putting it out there in case that was what you wanted.
Her: I don't talk to people under 18 online. It's that simple.
Me: Are you afraid of going to jail?
Her: No, it has nothing to do with jail. It is inappropriate.
Then it's about ageism ... fuck you and goodbye.
She's a recovering Jehova's Witness and lives in Salt Lake City. I thought she was more recovered than she turned out to be, I suppose. I refused to tell her my age, as I always do; people want to know your age because they think it tells them something about you (when I ask them why it matters, they always say, "I like to know who I'm talking to"). Therefore, when you tell them your age, they make a bunch of assumptions about what that means. I'd rather have a real conversation and actually get to know each other.
And it weeds out some of the ageist arseholes, I suppose. But grrrrrrrrr.