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« on: May 24, 2004, 04:29:26 pm »
Is it just me, or are there a lot of new teen furs? I've been a fur since I was 11, so maybe I'm just psychosomatically reaching for people my age, but then again, maybe not...
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2004, 04:38:09 pm »
I think its because most furs tend to find there furry side and find out about furry when they are teens. I may be wrong though.

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2004, 06:55:35 pm »
Maby with the growing acsses of the net anfd the expansion of Furries in genral allot of teens are getting to identify there furry ID sooner instead of later . Not a Bad thing at all .
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2004, 07:08:22 pm »
Yeah, I believe the explosion of users online (especially teens) has helped many, many people (and not just teens alone) realize the potential of being a furry. I know I was a furry 10 years ago, but 10 or so years ago I was just getting the internet at home. I didn't realize it sooner, because the internet of then was a much smaller place than it is now.
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2004, 07:35:09 pm »
i think it has something to do with the fact that the internet is helping people discover their furry side a lot earlier. unfortunately as the internet has grown, so has the amount of s**t around on it so not everyone has the benefits. oh well.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2004, 08:17:09 pm »
Yeah, there is a lot of yiff circulating around the 'net (though I personally don't have a problem with it...)
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2004, 09:44:22 am »
I am a teen, however I didn't knowabout the furry fandom until I was 15, so now I'm 16... Wait, That means I've been a furry for a year now!!! ':shock:'

Usually these things just tend to go away after a few months... and example: pokemon, dbz etc

Mabey I really am a true furry at heart. I hope so, it's so peaceful to take a vacation away from being my "human self"
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2004, 10:49:34 am »
I really think it's the availability of the internet.

Furries come in all ages, Hell... I've been one as long as I can remember (I'm 21 now), and I couldn't imagine life without being a fur.  There are a bunch of furry adults as well, but I don't know as many adults who use chatrooms and the like.
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2004, 10:56:32 am »
with all the young people,I wonder why haters like to say that it's made up of middle-aged plus, fat, bearded men?
the MTV show gave me an interest in it, and the internet only helped from then on.

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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2005, 02:42:37 am »
quote, "Don't tell little kids NOT to put marbles in there nose, because if you do they will do it." Same concept, MTV/ CSI or w/e got teens too do research on "furry" once they saw it on t.v thus tells people not to is making them do so. Reverse Psychology it really works. lmfao.  '<img'>
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« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2005, 02:55:02 am »
I caught onto furry through anthro art at DeviantArt. But furry is definatly attributed to the access of internet. That and mixed with brain development at adolesence... but i wont go into that tangent because its like, 2 a.m. ill explain later. night, yall.
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« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2005, 10:15:48 pm »
Meh CSI or MTV did not have a blink of influence on me at all i have always wanted to be a cat and have dreamed of being an animal way before i had the net or knew what furry was. I am 18 but have been a fur for all my life. I have always pretended to be a cat for as long as i have known had a fursona when i was somwhere around the age 7 or a bit later. SO TAKE THEM THEORIES AND SHOVE EM, J/K. Yeah but for the majority it was the internet that has had the biggest influence and alot of teens doing it just to be apart from the crowd. I have noticed myself that alot of teen furs belong to the goth culture aswell, does no suprise me from what i have mentioned in the above sentence.
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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2005, 11:05:15 pm »
Quote (alex_mcloud @ May 24 2004, 1:29 pm)
Is it just me, or are there a lot of new teen furs?

Uh, yeah.....um, that's statistically a popular time for it to 'happen'. It's really not hard to guess why. Given the right environment, you fluffballs can actually be quite inviting...especially to poor lost souls looking for emotional sanctuary (the average teen). Of course I wouldn't wager it's the lovey-doveyness that brings all of them. I'm sure some of them were just drawn to furry stuff for the same instinctive reasons many of you were. And often a popular trend with teens is: instinct 1st,  intellect 2nd.

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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2005, 05:00:03 am »
Hmm.. I'm actually still going with the theory that, while there is much to be said for the number of young people now getting online and finding this stuff out, the majority of the influx can probably be attributed to the open minded nature of the community in general.

Not trying to steriotype, but its pretty well established that the majority of teenagers want to be accepted, want a place where they can figure life out without being judged instantly by there peers. For some the furry community is just such a place - it provides friendship and support by a huge range of people who are, for the most part, accepting of others.

This may explain why many choose to leave the community in later years, stateing they have 'grown out' of it. They do not feel they need the support so much anymore and/or loose interest in the more major aspects of the community such as the artwork. As such they move on. That dosent mean everyone does, every fur is different. I just thinks its a pretty decent explination as to why certain furs to end up parting ways in such a fashion.

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« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2005, 05:05:39 am »
frankly, im cool with it if many of them would just realize that furries are still HUMAN.

One is not escaping humanity by joining furdom, just tapping into a different branch of it.

We are still subject to the same faults as the rest of humanity, we just like to cuddle.

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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2005, 07:06:39 pm »
I myself have only been in the fandom since 2001, and I really didn't get into the lifestyling side of it until 2002.  Yet, I heavily temper it.  I spend very little time in character, either online or at cons.  My thoughts are, if you talk to Rangerwolf, you are just talking to a cartoon wolf version of myself.

As for teens getting into the fandom, it probably is part of that adolescent search for acceptance.  My teenaged daughter is very into big cats, and she considers the white tiger to be her spirit animal.  However, she doesn't really get into the Furry thing too much.  I or my mate neither discourage nor encourage it.  She is free to explore her still-developing personality and sense of self as she sees fit, as long as we keep an eye on the sites she visits when it comes to Furry, and we make sure she is firmly planted in the here and now.  It doesn't seem to bother her anyways.  She prefers to interact, online or IRL as a human.  As for all of us in my pack (my mate is a wolf as well as me), our fursonas are really just animal extensions of our personalities.  She thinks its cute to see her personality as her favourite animal, and a more unique way to express herself.

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« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2005, 09:39:55 am »
The internet certainly has a lot to do with it. Heck, I really figured out and became a fur because of it.

I mean, I'd always felt a little strange and awkward around other "humans" and had always been, I don't know if "attracted" is the right word, but perhaps "drawn-to" anthropomorphic characters. I loved Loony Tunes and all of that. I also love stuffed animals. But I never figured out what "was up with me" or even what "furry" was until I started spending a lot more time on the internet. A chat room my friend directed me to (which wasn't furry-specific, but very much furry-welcoming) introduced me to a couple furs and I kinda staggered my way through finding out who I was/what I was from there.

I know I'm forever grateful to those first few furs I'd ever met for helping me answer soooooo many questions about myself.
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« Reply #17 on: December 24, 2005, 10:30:45 am »
I think I was also in my teens when I started getting interested in furry, late teens though, like 18 or 19.  I had identified with it far before then, but I had no idea that "furry" was anything to identify with, officially.  I got wind of a classmate that had "turned furry" in the CSI sense, I'm afraid, and I was a bit freaked out, but of course it raised my interest and I researched it and found out that I liked several aspects of it.  Ta da.   '<img'>
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« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2005, 10:51:45 am »
I'm a teen. I'm a fur.

I think its largely becuse of the net, really. I mean, the whole world is opend up ta us through the net, im shure that other teens have found other subcoultures that they feel a part of, its not just furry. But of course, furry is welcomeing so yeah i guess that has something to do with it. for me, it was not (only) that this comunnity is welcoming, but that it just, cliked with me, like, 'wow this is so cool!'. However, it took me a few months for me to just say to myself "im a furry". anyway, back on topic. For those that really are furries, i think that all thats happend is the net opens it up for them. For those that are not, i dunno, i guess they just need a nice place to be, and who better to do that then us '<img'>
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« Reply #19 on: December 24, 2005, 11:22:17 am »
The thing with the 'net also, is that, for a subculture like ours, we re-invent ourselves here.
You know, I'm not a 23 year old, white male with brown hair, red sideburns and a blonde mustache that stand to shed a few pounds.

I'm a full-grown boar polar bear. I trot around on all fours and pouncehug people. I hand out plushies and cookies at will *hands out some, to emphasize the point*.

On the net, I can, to some extent, project my self-image as what it's "supposed to be" as to what it actually is. I don't see everyone else as a guy/girl sitting in front of a computer screen, typing this stuff out. It's a golden retriever or a cat or a lion or a badger talking to me as we all happen to travel around this amorphous world of infinite possibilities.

I can't look like a polar bear in real life (unless I fursuited, which I don't. Nothing wrong with it, just not my style), but in here, I can.

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« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2005, 01:32:38 pm »
Wait... this is a recent thing?

I always assumed that teens were the major influx of furries, new or not new. Most kids don't have the kind of freedom on the net to find furries for themselves even if they DO have it at home.

I always had a harder time finding twenty somethings than teens. Although, truth be told, there seem to be more of us around these days as well.
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« Reply #21 on: December 24, 2005, 06:39:56 pm »
I've been a fur for about... oh... 16 years? I'd say 18, but I don't have any memories from that long ago. I would talk to my mom about animal people and talk about how cool it'd be to be an animal, be the family pet when I played house or didn't play at all, etc when I was little.

Didn't discover the actual fandom until I was 14-15ish. Didn't discover how big it really was til last year. And I always felt like I was kinda just a wannabe and didn't consider myself in the fandom until one day, someone, another fur, was looking through my sketchbook and said "Ooh, someone's in the fandom." We got to talkin' and shared some animal and furry art resources. And thats all it took for me to actually feel accepted by the fandom.

I've always been into dressing up as well, but I always felt kinda dumb about it. But the fandom helped me realize that it's really not all that bad, and nowadays, I don't care what anyone says to me about dressing up. They can call me dumb or say it's stupid, but I know they're just jealous because they don't have a pirate outfit/fursuit/etc. '<img'>




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« Reply #22 on: December 24, 2005, 07:10:37 pm »
Quote (rezzit @ Dec. 24 2005, 1:32 pm)
I always had a harder time finding twenty somethings than teens. Although, truth be told, there seem to be more of us around these days as well.

Yea, me too actually. I meet more furries in the 14-18 year range then in their twenties.

Me? I'm a teen and a fur. And I owe my whole becoming a fur to the internet. If it wasn't for seeing  Jaime Sidor's art, and my curiosity, I would've never entered the furry fandom (and I became a fur when I was 13 - last year).

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« Reply #23 on: December 24, 2005, 07:13:35 pm »
I can't really say how long I've -been- a furr, but I realised it and discovered that it's alot more widespread than I had though about two years ago. The internet, is very useful :P

Oh, I'll be 17 in march, for a time frame.

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« Reply #24 on: December 25, 2005, 03:42:00 am »
Quote (Ulario @ May 27 2004, 7:49 am)
I really think it's the availability of the internet.

Furries come in all ages, Hell... I've been one as long as I can remember (I'm 21 now), and I couldn't imagine life without being a fur.  There are a bunch of furry adults as well, but I don't know as many adults who use chatrooms and the like.

I totally agree.  Plus it has to do with that age-group.  It's a particularly tumultuous time of your life, lots of hormones bouncing around when everyone is trying to figure out who they are.  Fads come, go, and come again; everyone tries to define themseleves in a multitude of different ways.

The lives of us older furs tend to be more steadfast and directional.  I think that's probably why there aren't so many of us about. ':p'  

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