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BluesRunTheGame

(1,656 posts)
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 07:31 PM Mar 2024

Democratic Underground: Participation by age and gender.

I know that most of the regular posters here are older folks. I’m curious how many younger people stop by and read DU for news and information. A recent post suggested that among younger Americans women were becoming more liberal while men were becoming more conservative. I wonder if that’s reflected by DUs readership.


370 votes, 6 passes | Time left: Unlimited
Younger than 20, male.
0 (0%)
Younger than 20, female.
0 (0%)
20s, male.
0 (0%)
20s, female.
1 (0%)
30s, male.
8 (2%)
30s, female.
2 (1%)
40s, male.
16 (4%)
40s, female.
5 (1%)
50 and up, male.
174 (47%)
50 and up, female.
164 (44%)
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Democratic Underground: Participation by age and gender. (Original Post) BluesRunTheGame Mar 2024 OP
K&R PatSeg Mar 2024 #1
What about non binary? Or other genders? Lunabell Mar 2024 #2
That could be a different poll. BluesRunTheGame Mar 2024 #3
I know space was limited but in a separate poll, I am fucking curious to how the numbers would play out, as well. SoFlaBro Mar 2024 #47
Definitely older. MOMFUDSKI Mar 2024 #4
Many of us started Out on DU over 20years ago.. Cha Mar 2024 #5
I started lurking here in 2005. bamagal62 Mar 2024 #9
Looking Back it Cha Mar 2024 #12
Yes Cha bdamomma Mar 2024 #16
lol.. yeah, 50+ a few decades! Cha Mar 2024 #46
Damn... Ohio Joe Mar 2024 #19
Good on you.. it's still a long time. Cha Mar 2024 #25
I also left & came back. Dulcinea Mar 2024 #42
Female Many Moons older... yours is about Cha Mar 2024 #45
Old Timewas Mar 2024 #6
I'll be entering into that Cha Mar 2024 #28
Me too, in November! It's exciting. Croney Mar 2024 #59
🫶 Deuxcents Mar 2024 #34
K&R...nt Wounded Bear Mar 2024 #7
I'm one of the younger ones here ClimateHawk Mar 2024 #8
I've been around since 2001. BluesRunTheGame Mar 2024 #10
I've been following DU for a long time TexasDem69 Mar 2024 #24
If the poll is accurate, this place is practically devoid of anyone under 50. Act_of_Reparation Mar 2024 #43
Message boards/forums have been in decline for years now DetroitLegalBeagle Mar 2024 #52
We came when BushCheney were installed. We were in robust active middle age then... Hekate Mar 2024 #58
I found this site in 2003 at the age of 19. Elessar Zappa May 14 #65
Bravo, glad you're here. It's vital to have people of diff ages and appalachiablue Mar 2024 #32
Wishing you an early Happy Birthday and a wonderful coming year. niyad Mar 2024 #60
I joined in October of 2001, the day after my thirty-third birthday. Aristus Mar 2024 #11
I started reading DU on 9/11. I signed up and started posting in December or January. BluesRunTheGame Mar 2024 #13
I'll never leave bdamomma Mar 2024 #17
DU used to have a portrait gallery. Aristus Mar 2024 #18
They bdamomma Mar 2024 #22
This message was self-deleted by its author bdamomma Mar 2024 #23
Interesting 3auld6phart Mar 2024 #53
I can remember posts about DU meet-ups, either group or individuals & couples. I haven't seen any of those in a while. NBachers Mar 2024 #33
I went to many meetups. intheflow Mar 2024 #51
I left in 2010 BOSSHOG Mar 2024 #37
Honestly you should start it at 40 and up. There are a LOT of 70+. WhiskeyGrinder Mar 2024 #14
I know we skew older. BluesRunTheGame Mar 2024 #15
I hit the big 7 0 BOSSHOG Mar 2024 #36
Just turned 45 today; male. Joined right after 9/11 (found DU via BartCop, RIP). I was 100% non-political Grown2Hate Mar 2024 #20
Happy birthday! BluesRunTheGame Mar 2024 #21
Thank you! :) At my age I don't make a Grown2Hate Mar 2024 #39
Clearly member of majority, elleng Mar 2024 #26
It's Saturday night and maybe the younger DUers are out for the evening Deuxcents Mar 2024 #27
Maybe they post from their desks at work through the week... BluesRunTheGame Mar 2024 #29
How about adding a few categories: AverageOldGuy Mar 2024 #30
Interesting breakdown: 20s, 30s, 40s, and "50s and older"? TygrBright Mar 2024 #31
I know most of us are over 50. I'm here almost every day. I read the posts. I think I have a pretty good sense... BluesRunTheGame Mar 2024 #38
What? limbicnuminousity Mar 2024 #41
A lot of us in the senior cohort were in our 30s when we discovered DU. Earth-shine Mar 2024 #35
Probably should be an internal survey, but nothing public that oppositions firms could leverage. TheBlackAdder Mar 2024 #40
One thing is obvious. bluedigger Mar 2024 #44
I made it to the nearest open convenience store after midnight, DemocraticPatriot Mar 2024 #48
Been here since Jun 3, 2002 GoneOffShore Mar 2024 #49
Kick BluesRunTheGame Mar 2024 #50
IMO, there's a fatal flaw in this poll Polybius Mar 2024 #54
I didn't post the poll to find out who's here. BluesRunTheGame Mar 2024 #55
I hear ya Polybius Mar 2024 #56
We need some young peoples 😀 malaise Mar 2024 #57
We were the young people! 🤣😂 Hope22 Mar 2024 #61
That is great news malaise Mar 2024 #62
Flaw is that Gen Z doesn't know what a message board is - TBF Apr 10 #63
40 years old, male. Elessar Zappa May 14 #64

BluesRunTheGame

(1,656 posts)
3. That could be a different poll.
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 07:47 PM
Mar 2024

There are only 10 spaces. I did the best I could with what was available.

SoFlaBro

(2,320 posts)
47. I know space was limited but in a separate poll, I am fucking curious to how the numbers would play out, as well.
Sun Mar 3, 2024, 12:20 AM
Mar 2024

Cha

(299,109 posts)
28. I'll be entering into that
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 10:10 PM
Mar 2024

Decade this year.

Now it’s all staying healthy. And the 💙🌊🇺🇸🕯️🕊️

ClimateHawk

(218 posts)
8. I'm one of the younger ones here
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 08:09 PM
Mar 2024

I'm turning 34 years old next week. I've been a registered Democrat since 2008. I'm a fairly liberal guy and my views haven't really changed over the years. "Vote blue no matter who" is the motto I follow.

I joined DU in 2012 just before the election. I'm happy to be here in these crazy times.

BluesRunTheGame

(1,656 posts)
10. I've been around since 2001.
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 08:18 PM
Mar 2024

Last edited Sat Mar 2, 2024, 08:51 PM - Edit history (1)

In the early days there were several high school and college students who were regular posters. I was in my early 40s (65 now). I’m a bit surprised there aren’t more younger people here now.

TexasDem69

(2,042 posts)
24. I've been following DU for a long time
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 09:55 PM
Mar 2024

I wonder if the lack of younger folks here now is the changing face of social media? I also post on Facebook a fair bit but not TikTok and my kids (who are in their 20s) think Facebook is outdated

Act_of_Reparation

(9,116 posts)
43. If the poll is accurate, this place is practically devoid of anyone under 50.
Sun Mar 3, 2024, 12:01 AM
Mar 2024

Social media isn't an adequate explanation for so many demographics being so poorly represented. Presumably, people in their late teens and early 20's stumbled on this site in the early 2000's. Any reasons they might not have stuck around?

DetroitLegalBeagle

(1,953 posts)
52. Message boards/forums have been in decline for years now
Sun Mar 3, 2024, 11:13 AM
Mar 2024

They are no where near as popular or as active as they were when I was in high school. Many went under as ad blockers became the norm(since many derived their revenue to run the site from ads) and reddit subreddits and Facebook groups have replaced many of them. The handful of others that I am still members of have similar age demo's as DU, they nearly all skew older.

Hekate

(91,581 posts)
58. We came when BushCheney were installed. We were in robust active middle age then...
Sun Mar 3, 2024, 03:12 PM
Mar 2024

We came when BushCheney were installed. We were in robust active middle age then…
…and many of us had real life experience in political activism from our youth, which we used to oppose BushCheney..

We stayed. We made friends. Many subgroups formed.

It’s amazing what a quarter century will do to one’s age and energy. I thought everybody else stayed the same age — it was kind of a shock to realize everybody else aged too.

Elessar Zappa

(14,280 posts)
65. I found this site in 2003 at the age of 19.
Tue May 14, 2024, 08:34 AM
May 14

Back then there wasn’t any posters near my age that I knew of. Most were in their 40s, 50s, and 60s at that time.

appalachiablue

(41,399 posts)
32. Bravo, glad you're here. It's vital to have people of diff ages and
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 10:28 PM
Mar 2024

backgrounds. DU has so many groups which is great - for educators, expats, musicians, artists, Christians, feminists, cooks, birders and more.

It would be healthy to have more younger members here to share their views, experiences and concerns. New blood. They could still participate in other social media platforms.

Young people are the future and have the most at stake in these difficult times.

'Young lions show me your teeth.'

Aristus

(66,790 posts)
11. I joined in October of 2001, the day after my thirty-third birthday.
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 08:21 PM
Mar 2024

A lot has changed in the world, a lot has stayed the same, for better or worse, and a lot of things have gotten worse.

DU keeps me sane.

I'll never leave...

bdamomma

(64,120 posts)
17. I'll never leave
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 09:11 PM
Mar 2024

either been here since 2006. I wish we could have a DU convention and see each other face to face.
I'm curious.

Aristus

(66,790 posts)
18. DU used to have a portrait gallery.
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 09:18 PM
Mar 2024

DU-ers used to post pics of themselves as a kind of get-to-know-you. There also used to be many posts in which DU-ers would share pics of themselves, their families, and their lives. I don't see many of those anymore. I can only assume right-wing trolls started harassing anyone they could plausibly claim to identify through their pics. I'm sure there were death threats, too.

So, no more pics.

Response to Aristus (Reply #18)

3auld6phart

(1,079 posts)
53. Interesting
Sun Mar 3, 2024, 11:37 AM
Mar 2024

My son, the ‘ putor whiz advised me not to post pics.Been following Du since Christ was a corporal, back in early days 20000s. A Mac tuquise., still not a whiz, hunt and peck typist.. bitmore up to date. I
Pad pad user now, still bloody slow user. I guess left of centre love the Du site.have to get the wife to rent my membership., today .to all the old timers hang in there.

NBachers

(17,302 posts)
33. I can remember posts about DU meet-ups, either group or individuals & couples. I haven't seen any of those in a while.
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 10:28 PM
Mar 2024

intheflow

(28,555 posts)
51. I went to many meetups.
Sun Mar 3, 2024, 11:09 AM
Mar 2024

At one time I was able to claim I easily knew over 100 DUers in real life. Some aren’t on here any more, some have passed, many changed their names and now I don’t know if I know who I’m talking to anymore. But the meetups were really great and I made one very good friend in the process.

BOSSHOG

(37,346 posts)
37. I left in 2010
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 10:44 PM
Mar 2024

Came back in 2022. I was more aggressive back then. Kinda mellow now except when discussing “them.” You know, those who don’t understand the value of liberty and Justice for all.

BluesRunTheGame

(1,656 posts)
15. I know we skew older.
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 09:00 PM
Mar 2024

I wanted to get an idea how many younger people were here. It appears the answer is: Not many.

Grown2Hate

(2,017 posts)
20. Just turned 45 today; male. Joined right after 9/11 (found DU via BartCop, RIP). I was 100% non-political
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 09:39 PM
Mar 2024

before that. I've come a long way. Love DU.

Deuxcents

(16,766 posts)
27. It's Saturday night and maybe the younger DUers are out for the evening
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 10:04 PM
Mar 2024

Maybe we’ll hear from them tomorrow

BluesRunTheGame

(1,656 posts)
29. Maybe they post from their desks at work through the week...
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 10:10 PM
Mar 2024

…when they should be busy making the boss richer.

AverageOldGuy

(1,606 posts)
30. How about adding a few categories:
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 10:18 PM
Mar 2024

Older than dirt and feeling every day of it.

I used to think people my age were all dead.

I'm so old I don't remember my age.

TygrBright

(20,811 posts)
31. Interesting breakdown: 20s, 30s, 40s, and "50s and older"?
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 10:23 PM
Mar 2024

So, does this mean there are likely to be significant cultural, experiential, and ideological differences between people in their 20s and people in their 30s, between people in their 30s and people in their 40s, and between all those groups and people "over 50", but generally people "over 50" are pretty much of a muchness?

As in, just... you know... OLD?

So it's important to recognize, understand and consider differences between those in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, but it's fine to just lump everyone over 50 together and assume they're all pretty much homogeneous, except possibly for minor differences based on gender?

I think there may be a flaw in your poll methodology.

If what you want to know is "how much of DU's active survey-responding readership is over 50, broken out by two specific genders" (I guess non-binary folk are... what... ?), you could make the survey shorter by just asking "Who's male and under 50?", "Who's female and under 50?", "Who's male and over 50?", and "Who's female and over 50?". That might get you a little more credibility among those of us in the four decade-cohorts 50 and over who are really quite non-homogeneous and not always happy about being relegated to the generic "old" category.

Maybe next poll?

helpfully,
Bright

BluesRunTheGame

(1,656 posts)
38. I know most of us are over 50. I'm here almost every day. I read the posts. I think I have a pretty good sense...
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 10:44 PM
Mar 2024

…of our similarities and differences. I think most of us do.

I was simply curious about the breakdown of the people under 50.

limbicnuminousity

(1,409 posts)
41. What?
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 11:33 PM
Mar 2024

Do you mean to say that there is no uniformly held set of beliefs and moral standards that we all ascribe to upon hitting 50? I'd swear the manual said something about achieving homogeneity by 35...or was that Logan's Run?

I think this may not be the right audience for polling the 20-30-something demographic.

 

Earth-shine

(4,044 posts)
35. A lot of us in the senior cohort were in our 30s when we discovered DU.
Sat Mar 2, 2024, 10:41 PM
Mar 2024

Now I'm 59.

Unlike the poster directly above mine, I'm not at all insulted by this poll.

DemocraticPatriot

(4,645 posts)
48. I made it to the nearest open convenience store after midnight,
Sun Mar 3, 2024, 03:48 AM
Mar 2024

before that I was asleep....

That was the extent of my 'getting out on Saturday night'!


LOL

Polybius

(15,690 posts)
54. IMO, there's a fatal flaw in this poll
Sun Mar 3, 2024, 01:39 PM
Mar 2024

You stop at 50's. Why? DU has a huge amount of members in their 60's, 70's, 80's, and even a few in their 90's. I'm 50 and I don't think my group should be last.

Polybius

(15,690 posts)
56. I hear ya
Sun Mar 3, 2024, 02:49 PM
Mar 2024

I just wish that I was a year younger so I wouldn't have to be in the last group. I'm also curious as to how many are over 80.

Hope22

(1,996 posts)
61. We were the young people! 🤣😂
Sun Mar 10, 2024, 08:51 PM
Mar 2024

I translate the message to we ….need fewer old people. I’m not actually certain how we were let out of the house after the initial Covid shockwave! I do know my local League of Women Voters members are registering young people every week at the local High Schools!

TBF

(32,273 posts)
63. Flaw is that Gen Z doesn't know what a message board is -
Wed Apr 10, 2024, 07:13 PM
Apr 10

my kiddos would only see it if you acted your post out in video & put it up on Tik Tok!

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