jlens05I just find it hard to believe that 91% of the users on this site are over 18.
also I think that if you take into account the average age of active member it would be much less than 18.
We've measured the data of ages of 'active' NS accounts, which we defined as "Has logged in at least once in the last three months" - still gave us an average age of 21.
There's two factors that contribute to the confusion.
1) There are a fucking TON more people who come here than people realize. Its freaking massive, and more people than admit it are Newschoolers members.
2) Your perception of the site depends on what part of it you like. Those perceptions are also wrong because most of the 'shit talking 12 year olds' that we research are secretly 28 year old guys using aliases... who get banned.
I mean, I'm all for a youth outreach, and I'm all fired up to find that the new generation doesn't just want to get into freestyle programs and get on a path to the Olympics. I really am - but right now I'm seeing the youth of today following a dramatically different path... and it leads to the Olympics with a shitload of coaching.
Hell, I'll trade all the tobacco ads in the universe to get the youth of skiing today on a path that isn't so god damn lame.