Differences between Littles and Age Players that people often get confused by the two, or consider them the same thing. I don’t consider that the same thing in the slightest. Age-play and littles are similar in many ways and can work wonderfully when used together, but I don’t age-play.
That doesn’t mean I see any problem with age-play, so I hope I don’t unintentionally offend age-players.
Age-play and Daddy Dom/little girl are similar, but also very different. They work so well together if that’s what you’re after, and I think that’s why people confuse the two so easily, as they sometimes seem to mesh into one another. Because a little who is also an age-player will explain what being little is to her, but because she also age-plays, her explanation may be confusing.
So what IS the difference?
Age play to me is more about the role playing of a child at a certain age whereas for a little, being childlike is an innate part of their personality. Even in their “adult” mindset, they still have characteristics that are childlike.
Being little is not about role-playing a certain age, it’s about expressing those inner emotions that you can’t express in your “adult” life… Vulnerability, innocence, dependence. And a little’s way to do this is to act childlike. A little usually doesn’t have a specific age, instead it’ll vary along a spectrum. Factors like the environment they’re in, the people they’re with and their mood may affect how “little” a little is at any given point.
If you ask a little (assuming they don’t age-play) their age, they are likely to either look at you confused, not sure what to answer, make a guess based on how they feel, or they’ll tell you their chronological age. An age player is much more likely to know exactly what age they are playing.
An age-player is more playing the role of a child, role-playing a child at a specific age… If you ask an age-player her/his age, then you will usually receive a concrete answer of the age they are playing.
Usually, a little won’t snap in and out of their little mode straight away, it’s a progression into it and a progression out of it. Age players tend to be much more flexible in clicking into their childlike role and back out.
Littles make wonderful age players because someone who is naturally childlike can of course pull off the role of a child seamlessly. I do not age-play, but that doesn’t mean little’s don’t age-play… many little’s are age-players.