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Old 18 Mar 2018, 23:04 (Ref:3808994)   #1
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An Age Question

i often see and have said myself that F1 is dying from the roots up due to the younger generation not becoming fans. How many contributers here are under 25 years old? I do understand that forums such as this also do not have the appeal they once had before social media but I just pose the question out of interest and I have never seen it asked.
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Old 18 Mar 2018, 23:47 (Ref:3809003)   #2
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quoting an official source, according to the F1 fan report that got issued in May 2017 there are about 25% of all F1 fans below 25 years and a slightly higher percentage between 25-34 years.

I enclosed the report as pdf to this post, if it doesn't come through you surely can get a free pdf of that report via google, it contains a lot of interesting stats.
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 00:23 (Ref:3809009)   #3
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quoting an official source, according to the F1 fan report that got issued in May 2017 there are about 25% of all F1 fans below 25 years and a slightly higher percentage between 25-34 years.

I enclosed the report as pdf to this post, if it doesn't come through you surely can get a free pdf of that report via google, it contains a lot of interesting stats.
Thanks but my interest is for contributers to this forum, official sources can and do in some cases write anything they like.
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 02:18 (Ref:3809021)   #4
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 06:52 (Ref:3809044)   #5
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Thanks but my interest is for contributers to this forum, official sources can and do in some cases write anything they like.
A forum like this is very unlikely to attract people in that age group so any stats you derive will probably be more skewed than those from official sources.

The list of birthdays at the bottom of the forum is a good pointer. It's rare to see any under 25.
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 07:13 (Ref:3809048)   #6
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Given that the F1 forum has been referred to as the 'retirement home, populated by grumpy old men' recently - I'd hazard a guess that not many are under 25.

In seriousness, I expect there are very few under 25s, compared to the majority of regular posters here. As stated in the OP, this style of forum is not the go to destination for those under 25, and you'll probably find people migrate here later in their enthusiasm for motorsport.
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 11:02 (Ref:3809080)   #7
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Judging by the historical knowledge on this forum, I'd say precious few contributors are 25yrs old, or younger.

With F1 about to go behind a pay-wall, I think it's inevitable the numbers will reduce even further.
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 11:11 (Ref:3809081)   #8
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Pretty much what I expected but it shows that if there was a substantial under 25 base then they would have some presence here even in a low traffic site like this. I can't help but think that the average age is quite high and rising all the time and it does not bode well for motor sport in general and F1 in particular.
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 14:27 (Ref:3809121)   #9
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interesting question. wonder if this is something the site admins look at. age of users, which subforums they use, how much time do they spend in each subforum etc type analytics. if this is info they feel is ok to share i would be interested in looking at it but then again i am also interested in talking about this without any facts...well because facts often get in the way of a good conversation!

for me this is the only F1 forum i post on because the knowledge level of the other users is such that its a lot easier to have more nuanced conversation...again for me, part of that stems from the usernames being featured more prominently so it feels more like a conversation among friends/people that i know. posting in social media places has too much of an anonymity aspect to it that puts me off if that makes sense.

but i do also check out those types of sites. the Reddit F1 subreddit for example is very heavily followed and with a great variety of topics/threads but at the same time its much harder to follow the conversion. too many people all talking across one another (which i dont like so i guess that makes me old as well).

that said, that site is extremely popular and seems to have a younger skewing (or more new to the sport users) user base. anecdotal but i say that because topics tend to focus on things people have seen on other social media platforms and dont tend to have the same historical knowledge in the comments....so for me its more of a quick resource to see whats being posted on twitter/instagram.

also i think this site rewards people who have been watching for longer much more then the more anonymous social media driven sites do...i suspect that it can be quite daunting for young or new fan coming here for the first time.

anyways, im also of the belief that most if not all long established sports are struggling to find/attract young viewers. from what i read attendance and viewership is down across the board which is no doubt a function of more choice, increasing costs, and even the burden of history. i dont think this is unique to F1 at all.
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 22:59 (Ref:3809223)   #11
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I watched a video of a motor race that took place in the 1970's recently at a circuit I spent a lot of time at both as a spectator and as a competitor at club level driving my road car. The place was packed to the rafters with mostly people that were "younger" and certainly in numbers that would never be seen today either in age or numbers. Where are those people now? One of them is writing this post, a lot of them no longer walk this earth and the replacement younger people are not seen to be happening.

I think motor sport has to face a certain fact, it is destined to be a very niche sport in years to come and only became as popular as what it was by chance after the second world war. The generation of people who made it that way is rapidly dwindling and the one they influenced such as their children are at middle age or thereabouts. It is a conundrum I have been thinking about more and more, will the digital age and the streaming media be the saviour or are those promoting that avenue beating a dead horse?
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 23:11 (Ref:3809224)   #12
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Feeling older every day (not rocket science to guess my age from my username ), but really got into F1 at age 17, with a half interest in my younger years thanks to my older brother.
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 23:20 (Ref:3809231)   #13
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now we've established we're all 300 years old at least , how about we take the lead from skam85's comment...

what age we joined the forum? how old were you when you were peak f1 obsessed?
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 23:45 (Ref:3809238)   #14
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I have never been what I would call obsessed about F1 but I have always been interested enough to want to follow it even in the days when I had to pay a substantial amount of money such as buying magazines to do so. These days if you are invested in the internet you can follow it without further expenditure which everyone thinks is a god given right but the time is coming or has arrived for some where they have to spend money to watch it and the peasants are revolting or so they say. Whether the revolt is in the same numbers as the keyboard heroes would have us believe, well that is another thing altogether.

I joined this forum when I was over 60 years old because the internet basically did not exist for me before then in the way it does now. If it had been around when I was younger then I would have been a part of it. In some ways the question is unintentionally loaded because the internet simply did not exist when we were younger. Ask me when I first started being involved with computers it was in 1969, way before 99% of the world even had heard of them and I have been involved one way or another for most of my working life.
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I'm 47, joined in 2009 (so I'm relatively young in forum terms compared to some!).

I suppose I hit peak F1 in my mid 20s thru mid 30s when I religiously watched every qualifying session and race live & read Autosport and F1 Magazine from cover to cover. I also used to watch the BTCC, the V8s when I could (when they were on something I could receive) and Indy, Le Mans and some other random bits. Notably - all on telly.

Then I got married, had kids, and started marshalling. The latter was really the death knell for 'peak' F1 as I then got far more into club, endurance and international series but didn't really have the time to watch much of it live!
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