This is an interesting question. I think.
We all know that in English speaking countries, asking lady's age is impolite. But in Chinese culture, it's not a secret. However, the thing is, if you are an English native speaker and ask my age, maybe I will still think it's offensive, because I know that in your culture.
Then, how about other culture and countries, such as Spanish speaking countries, islamic countries and so on? I want to ask this because I met someone on this website from an islamic country who asked my age at the first time, which was soooo strange. But I do not know much about his culture, so I told him my age, since in China age is not a secret. I also have a friend from a Spanish speaking country who asked my age when we practiced speaking. But at that time, we are already language partners so it seemed quite normal, at least in Chinese point of view.
So, is people's age private in your culture? Or is only the lady's age a secret rather than that of men?
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I think it depends on the person also. Even if in my culture, age isn't a private thing, there are people who feel impolite to ask people's age. Instead, better to call them by pronoun like Pak or Bu, Teh, Kang, etc. In my area, ask their age isn't for 'strange' goal but for know their position. If they younger, when meet people older, it means they have to say pronoun for older, consider how they should behave and vice versa. For me, especially when meet people on the Internet, better for me to check their profile in general before dealing with them, so I can guess what kind of people they are and give me information about them not for other goals.
And maybe your guess are right.
Thank you very much for all your participation, but sorry, this website does not allow me to reply one by one here.
It seems that in many cultures, except some English speaking countries, age is not private. And even in English speaking countries, not all kinds of age are secrets, which really broadens my horizon!
Another thing is that, maybe people's attitudes towards age these days are not so conservative as before, right? At least I guess so.
In America it is rude to as someone over 18 their age, especially women.