How do you define: Real world?

Canada
January 19, 2009 11:59am CST
Upon much debate with co workers this seems to be a topic that is actually never entirely thought of. So I pose this question to you today. When you use the term real world how would you define it? Some would argue that the real world is experienced by everyone of all ages. Others define it as a point in ones life where they're forced to face the 'realities' of life including paying bills and living on their own independent of mommy and daddy. My definition is of the second one. What is your definition of the phrase "real world"?
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
27 Jan 09
It usually bugs me when someone uses that expression, because it implies that the person has been living in some sort of "fantasy world". I think most people define "the real world" they way you described it. It's when a person reaches a point where they have to start taking care of themselves or they have to deal with some sort of hardship. I just think the expression is somewhat condescending for the reason I mentioned above. In my opinion everyone is living in the "real world" we are just all living in different parts of the "world". Our lives are all different. Some of us just have to face more hardships than others. Thats just life. It goes with living in the "real world".