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Gender Race Age What do these all have in common These are the three prime examples of discrimination in todays society Although ageism is found cross-culturally it is particularly prevalent in America While most believe ageism is specifically targeted at the elderly it can just as easily be found in adolescents A common example of ageism would be that teenagers are immature and irresponsible and that the elderly are frail and have the mental capability of a child On the ageism test my results indicated that I have automatic preference of young people over older people However I believe that the test was inadequate for truly testing if I had a bias between younger and older generations I honestly hurried through my test and by mistake pressed the wrong button a couple of times which made me have an automatic preference for young people over older people If you are going to do a study on ageism and bias then it would be far more accurate if it was a field study I am very close to my parents and even closer to my grandparents so the results were extremely shocking Many of times I prefer going out with my parents and their friends rather than going out with my friends the same age as me During the summer I was an intern at my mothers office Occupational Therapist and I often helped the elderly perform tasks to recover from an injury By doing so I developed a great love for helping others and someday I hope to pursue a job as a Pharmacist In my home country South Africa aging is perceived as gaining more knowledge not losing it To me age is not a big deal However this is partially because my boyfriend is younger than me by 2 years and my dad is older than my mother by 12 years If you are in love what is there to question I think
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