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|>>|| No. 408833
I've been wondering about the age demographics on .gs as we seem to be older and more cantankerous fellows than the average imageboard circle.
I can't remember if there has been a poll done before but I'm sure we have all aged since any previous one. Would you mind answering this so we can all learn something?
|>>|| No. 408839
Christ I've been around here for a good 10 years. I'm also not 100% on my age but I'm 20somethingprobably.
|>>|| No. 408843
I'd guess the majority of our userbase has been here since it was founded, I don't think *chan culture has as much traction now as it did back then so fresh blood is unlikely to wander in.
|>>|| No. 408846
>I don't think *chan culture has as much traction now as it did
It has more, if anything. People blame t'other place's /pol/ for Trump, or at least having a part in the troll-media feedback loop that led to people like Milo Thingy getting to where they did. But it's different. There's less a sense of chans as something any old skiddie can put up and have people migrate to and piss about on; the current lot just see 4chan as an established institution like facebook or reddit. No more offshoots from it, no innovation in that line of things. Making websites isn't for the little people.
|>>|| No. 408847
I wasn't going to do the strawpoll but your image made me laugh.
I too have been around, sporadically, since the britchan days.
|>>|| No. 408850
>I'd guess the majority of our userbase has been here since it was founded
If the strawpoll is to be believed, that's not the case. I don't believe the strawpoll, largely because the content of the site has somewhat amusingly shifted from endlessly shouting at each other and vibrant discussion of youthful distractions like videogames etc., to late 20s/midlife crisis stuff on /emo/ (which has never been busier, tellingly). We definitely still get the odd late teenager/early 20s posters here but I'd honestly I'd expect that they're the minority and that most of us are just old cunts who never quite got out of the imageboard thing and have learned to call this home. It is comfortable, like an old leather couch. Even fucking political discussion is relatively calm compared to years gone by (emphasis on "relatively"), and in general the cunt-offs are less vicious than they used to be. (I don't think I've ever laughed as hard at this site as that cunt-off a year or two ago where the two participants realised they were arguing the same point.)
In another 10 years .gs is going to be all about buying ridiculous motorbikes, hair loss, diets that don't work, and desperately trying to recapture the halcyon days of our early 20s, when our body would still put up with the shit that we threw at it.
|>>|| No. 408862
If you cannot understand the point about social and physical disconnection then you have to be clinically retarded.
Seriously, have you sought help?
|>>|| No. 408877
I am also only here because britchan is down all the time.
|>>|| No. 408878
There is absolutely nothing new about it, generation X has just grown up and become the exact same out of touch condescending pricks the older generation was to them. The history repeating would be an embarissing joke if it didn't feel like it is only me who who is self aware to realise it is happening, as all of my friends become the miserable middle aged cunts they used to hate. Talking about how outragous teenagers are as if they never made a off colour joke and were reckless when they were that age.
|>>|| No. 408879
You always put a joke option on internet polls to keep the silly buggers at bay but not too good otherwise everyone will choose it.
In this instance the joke is the person filling out the poll has become confused and put male where he would normally put age. An acceptable amount of silliness I'm sure you will agree.
>I'd expect that they're the minority and that most of us are just old cunts who never quite got out of the imageboard thing and have learned to call this home.
Fits me like a glove. I hope when purple inevitably sells out to the more profitable youth demographic we at least get our own board for retirement like the dark corner of a renovated pub where the old regulars congregate. You' know the corner, it has a mysteriously dark patch in the carpet and smells like an old car.
|>>|| No. 408885
I always wonder about this, it feels like there's some switch that goes off in parents that tries to deny the realities of growing up and what kids naturally learn and experience as they age.
I can only hope that one day I can be a cool dad and offer actual useful advice.
|>>|| No. 408900
The amount of ranting I did as a teenlad against and the resentment I still bear against baby boomers would turn me into nothing less than a massive hypocritical cunt (I'm already a cunt) if I became like that. Since I plan on having no kids, I hope it doesn't. The sooner we're extinct, the better.
|>>|| No. 408901
It's OK to take advantage of all the benefits the state provides for you, and build up your own little nest egg - as long as you don't then go on to consistently vote Conservative and strip the next generation of those advantages like a big old cunt.
|>>|| No. 408903
This. Failing to "pay it forward" is rather a gross violation of the social contract you're a party to. I'd make it punishable by death, but the cunts have probably spent the inheritance already.
|>>|| No. 408904
To let: Semi-detached guillotine, excellent views of blood-soaked basket, natural wood boards, stainless steel blade. £1800pcm, no dogs.
|>>|| No. 408905
If you went back in time and hung out with yourself as a youth how long do you think it would take until you started knocking some sense into the little gobshite? I can just imagine giving mini-me some strongly worded advice only for him to ignore it and worse still start giving me lip in my typical fashion.
I think causes generational strife is a simple consequence of what most pisses you off in people is when they remind you of yourself. Its not some moody bullshit about Gen X or boomers or whatever being cunts but that generational clashes are inherent. Add to this that as you get older you want to protect the young but all they want to do is be a nuisance, get themselves killed and play a revolution where everything is somehow your fault.
Typical boomer attitude to not bother having kids yet still expect a pension.
|>>|| No. 408906
>Typical boomer attitude to not bother having kids yet still expect a pension.
If we hadn't structured out pension system as a giant pyramid scheme, that wouldn't be an issue.
|>>|| No. 408913
Bismark may have been a bit of a chancer but it seems to me that its always been the case that if you want to be looked after in old age you have children. There is a disconnect in modern times because caring for the elderly is now done by society at large but it still seems the rule that if you want care into old age there needs to be someone to provide it.
Sure alternatively you could stuff your pockets and tell everyone to fuck off because you got yours but then it might deflate your criticism of boomers.
It's an absolute certainty. Even without a time machine I give my future self no end of hassle from deadlines to stuffing my face with cake. Fuck him.
|>>|| No. 408918
Jesus wept, you lads really were brought up badly, weren't you?
I have only really changed in depth of knowledge since I was a teenlad, I am also damn straight I get paid significantly more than anyone on this board, and do far more voluntary work. I actually am a useful member of society.
Do you all work in call-centers or something?
|>>|| No. 408919
Wasting your time with this particular character mate. I don't believe you and the other lad doesn't care.
|>>|| No. 408921
I'm statistically likely to have a much bigger knob than you, though.
Money can't buy a big knob.
|>>|| No. 408922
> I am also damn straight I get paid significantly more than anyone on this board, and do far more voluntary work. I actually am a useful member of society.
|>>|| No. 408923
I like the way this post has no relevance to anything could be copy pasted into any thread and people feel the need to respond. Quality trolling material.
|>>|| No. 408924
>but it still seems the rule that if you want care into old age there needs to be someone to provide it.
If we weren't such massive racists we could just take advantage of the surplus population elsewhere in the world that isn't needed as badly as it used to be. We'd solve our demographic problem and their overpopulation problem. But apparently our country is full or something.
|>>|| No. 408925
I posted awhile back that the mass immigration solution was found to be impractical by the United Nations on the kinds of numbers we need. Must I post it again or will you just cry wacist like you (possibly) did the last time?
|>>|| No. 408926
Because a population dominated by elderly cunts is far more practical? (What does "practical" even mean here anyway? Tolerable?)
This blighted isle is heading full speed toward banana republicdom regardless of these quibbles or is that banana monarchydom?. The question you should be asking is: who would I rather fight to the death for a can of baked beans - old fucks or starving Somalians?
|>>|| No. 408927
>found to be impractical by the United Nations
"The United Nations" isn't in the business of "finding" things.
|>>|| No. 408928
In this country the starving Somalis don't have guns, but the pensioners fought off the might of the Nazis, so I'll take the weak malnourished African please.
|>>|| No. 408929
I've got the solution, but nobody wants to hear it.
Make booze and fags free on the NHS. Arrest anyone who drives while under the drink drive limit. Abolish the free television license for pensioners and replace it with free bungee jumping. Make handguns mandatory. Release Charles Bronson and appoint him as Home Secretary.
We'll solve the pensions crisis and have an absolute hoot in the process.
|>>|| No. 408930
Has anyone ever done a study into how many people our island could actually handle before it really is, in definite terms, "full"?
Like, what's the actual limit on things like space for houses, how many reasonably sized houses can we fit on the 315,159 km² of British Isles? How many humans would they inhabit and what's the amount of agricultural space we'd need to sustain them? Obviously if we cover the entire island with houses we'd have no room to farm and have to import 100%, so what's the balancing point of maximum humans without having to rely on the rest of the world?
What I'm saying is that there has to theoretically hard limit in how many people our country can support and I find it weird that we have so many arguments these days that revolve around this very issue and nobody seems interested in the practical truth. It's almost as if people are interested more in pushing their particular agenda than solving any real or perceived problems.
|>>|| No. 408931
There's a reason it's a theoretical limit. It's likely to be far above any population level we're realistically going to reach even in our great-grandchildren's lifetimes. Global population growth is slowing. Projections have us stabilising around the 11 billion mark. Assuming proportions remain the same, we're unlikely to hit nine digits, and if we do we're not going far over. Saying our public services are struggling therefore we should curb immigration is like saying the gutter and downpipe are struggling therefore it should rain less. Public services are struggling because the generation running the country are a bunch of ladder-pulling cunts who won't let necessary changes happen because it'll interfere with their four holidays a year or threaten the value of the house they bought on the cheap.
|>>|| No. 408932
W-what? You're questioning common sense with some uppity fucking scientific enquiry or some shit?
Ooooh, I can't wait until Article 50 goes through and we can cleanse this land of smart arses like you.
|>>|| No. 408933
How many of these 11 billion are going to be ugga bugga spear chuckers living in some godforsaken famine-ridden wasteland?
|>>|| No. 408934
There'll be around four billion in Africa, if that's what you mean. Exclude Russia (practicalities of dividing the population there and all), and Europe is unlikely to break a billion.
|>>|| No. 408935
The population density of the UK is 268 per square km². In South Korea it's 507, in Jersey it's 844, in Singapore it's 7,797, in Macao it's 21,238.
We're not currently self-sufficient for food, but we could just about manage it with the imposition of rationing. Meat is immensely land-intensive and we eat an awful lot of it. To maintain our current diet and be self-sufficient, we'd need to reduce the population by tens of millions. Realistically, it makes more sense to import food from vast and mostly empty landmasses like Australasia and The Americas.
The UK is moderately densely populated by global standards (51st of 246), but it's still remarkably empty outside of the major urban centres. With intelligent urban planning, we could easily fit in dozens of Manchester-sized cities without significantly affecting the quality of life in existing settlements.
We have experienced major internal migration over the last few decades, with a huge shift from north to south; many former industrial communities in Scotland, Wales and Northern England have a glut of housing due to depopulation. A long list of political and social problems could be solved at a stroke if we figured out how to create good jobs in places like Bolton and Grimsby.
|>>|| No. 408936
If you were to take the entire population of the world (7.5 billion) and spread them evenly across the UK (243610 sq km), the people who used to live in Manila would be thankful for the space.
|>>|| No. 408937
We need a new global catastrophe. Like the Black Death in mediaeval times. Or the 30 Years War, which decimated the population of central Europe by as many as 40 percent.
Realistically, that is the only way that humans will have a future. Our natural resources are being overexploited, markets around the world are oversaturated, economic growth no longer provides prosperity for the majority of people. Say, about a third to half of the global population gets wiped out by a war, a global pandemic or a natural disaster. That would leave the survivors with a fresh start.
The way things are now, the human race is headed for squalor either way. Even if we could freeze global population numbers at the current level, seven and a half billion people are still not a long-term sustainable global population.
|>>|| No. 408939
>In contrast to the migration streams needed to offset total or working-age population decline, the levels of migration that would be needed to prevent the countries from ageing are of substantially larger magnitudes. By 2050, these larger migration flows would result in populations where the proportion of post-1995 migrants and their descendants would range between 59 per cent and 99 per cent.* Such high levels of migration have not been observed in the past for any of these countries or regions. Moreover, it seems extremely unlikely that such flows could happen in these countries in the foreseeable future. Therefore, it appears inevitable that the populations of the low-fertility countries will age rapidly in the twenty-first century.
Neither is ideal but the idea of large migrant inflows to the level we need isn't going to happen and it is a pretty questionable solution anyway. The report above provides a likely result that the retirement age will be raised to 75 which doesn't sound very fun.
The lack of any hard numbers is down to variables especially in the environmental questions. Are we just going to stuff the British isles with people and to hell with the newts? How many people can our supplies of water support and how will climate change pressure this? Is it humane to make people live in a Milton Keynes clone like >>408935 suggests?
|>>|| No. 408946
How about you ask for sections and maybe I could have a look tomorrow instead of repeating an XKCD joke like a complete twat?
|>>|| No. 408947
I'm curious what reality you inhabit where pointing out that the source you've provided doesn't support the claim you've made is somehow "an XKCD joke".
|>>|| No. 408959
You probably don't get paid the most here. We have citylads and ex citylads and business owners and that one bloke who did all them patios.
|>>|| No. 408961
Patiolad is probably pocketing more than any of us. You can't beat a bit of cash in hand.
|>>|| No. 408982
Indeed. And I stand by my statement.
Sage checked for nothing to add, and agreeing not to comment further on this subject.
|>>|| No. 408988
Give a rough figure per year lad, don't hide behind vagueness. Otherwise this post is less than nothing. You might as well be saying "un-huh" like a small child caught out on their bullshit claim that they live in a theme park.
|>>|| No. 408991
He has a job. Unless he runs a hedge fund or plays midfield for Man City, he is a long way from the wealthiest person on .gs.
|>>|| No. 408999
>Unless he runs a hedge fund
You think we have such depraved human beings among us? Somebody who is devoid enough of any moral compass?
That said, I used to work for a business consultant firm. We got paid, and handsomely, for telling our clients who of their employees was redundant. What moral right did we have to say that a person was useless, who wanted only to work to earn their living, just like all of us.
So I quit, and now I spend much of my time tending to my high horse.
|>>|| No. 409070
I was a regular here back when I was at uni as a 'mature' student, i still check in every now and then. Even used to go on the IRC sometimes. Now 31 and too busy trying to make enough money to not die to spend hours in imageboards. This makes be sad. [[x]Whinge] for moaning about not being as young as i was...
|>>|| No. 409072
What used to go on in the IRC? I vaguely remember something from 2010 that was quite interesting.
|>>|| No. 409078
.before .gs became a student Guardian bellend echo chamber
I was pissing arse in Tesco checkout girl, avoiding a poz loading and doing squats for a mental nignog from Liverpool.
Otherpurpz has killed .gs, nobody comes here anymore.
|>>|| No. 409095
I came here before Britchan died. I dread to think quite how long it has been.
|>>|| No. 409096
Do you remember when purple shared the link on britchan and it was ignored by everyone? It only had like 9 boards and was completely dead. Then yubyub fucked the server and we all went to krautchan but then there was another exodus as soon as britfa.gs became the board to be. Do you remember how everyone bitched about the name being difficult to type and how it'd be useful to sort out the chaff from the wheat?
|>>|| No. 409601
Well, I'm 29 and was honestly smarter, nicer and more grounded than I am now.
Sod all this talk about teenagers roonin are cunry, I think our generation is more jaded. They may (apparently) be more conservative than previous generations but honestly I hate my Millennial generation more, maybe it was the combination of coming of age in the 9/11 era and being the first to really rely on the internet.
|>>|| No. 409602
Ugh, I managed 4 hours sleep last night so apologies for an incomprehensible first sentence. I was comparing myself to the 19 year-old me, who likely would've proofread his post before making such an egregious error. I'll shuffle off now.
|>>|| No. 409609
I am exactly 25, and I've been coming here since at least 2010. In fact some of my old posts still linger, and I cringe reading ny teenlad writings.
|>>|| No. 409613
I often start cringing halfway through the middle of a sentence. Britfa is full of the ghosts of the hundreds of posts I could never bring myself to submit.
|>>|| No. 409616
I sometimes find myself cringing before I submit a post. But then I press submit anyway because sharing is caring. Case-in-point ...
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