We posted about this topic in a poll a while back, but we can restate it now.
We agree that the fandom is getting younger. There is no denying that. We personally think it's a good thing when you think about it. We are 15, and probably began identifying as furry for the same reasons that younger members do. We joined because it was something we could identify with. As a child, we always loved cartoons, cartoon animals, and we loved the idea of pretending animals could talk just like humans can. On that same note, we joined for much deeper reasons as well. We have been generally tormented and ostracized by most of our peers for all of our life because we were seen as different. When we found the fandom, we realized that we could relate to these people. They had similar interests as us, but more importantly, they were accepting of all kinds of differences. It didn't matter if you were gay, straight, bi, tall, short, thin, fat, etc., they accepted people for who they are and their interests. We joined because we were in need of acceptance, to have that one group of people who wouldn't judge you based on what you looked like or how you spoke. We were welcomed into this fandom with open arms, and no one cared if we had MPD or anything like that. We think that is why younger people are joining. So much of society revolves around what you look like and how you act, and those people who are deemed "different" were left out. So instead of moping and wishing things could be different, they find a group that will accept them: the furry fandom. It gives young people hope to know that they can say they "belong", and that they are free to express themselves however try want without being judged by the standards of society. They join because they are allowed
to be different. We have gained so much confidence and self-esteem simply from being a part of this fandom, and others realize the same thing about themselves, and they join. Some may leave because of reasons only they know, but we personally will never leave. This has become part of our life, and we are all the better for it. Just interacting with amazing and talented people such as yourselves makes our day so much better, and we don't want to lose that. In the most basic terms, furry is a positive thing, and everyone needs positivity in their lives, otherwise what's the point? We know we have been rambling, but this is the only way we can really describe what furry is to us, and why so many younger people have joined. You can be yourself here, and isn't that what everyone just wants to do? You shouldn't have to change to please other people, and furry takes away that stress, and all that is left is you. Just you, doing what you do because it makes you happy. That is why the fandom is younger.
Good lord, that text wall is squashing our computer!