What Are Maturity Ages and Read Grades?
Flagging content as “mature” has a broad range of applications. To provide readers with more context, at the top of some articles, there is a minimum maturity age and/or a read grade.
The author or editor determines the subjective minimum maturity age of the audience, ranging between 12 and 21. A commercial grammar app determines the read grade level (2–14) based on sentence structure and number of polysyllabic words. (There are 90 possible combinations.)
The range of fictional story themes remain tangentially related to health, while appealing to different audiences. Within these miniseries, different episodes may vary in grade level among episodes. The maturity age and read grade is an average of the series.
Factors affecting higher grade recommendations include psychological trauma, discussion of sexual matters, or brief violent situations. Thrillers include death, or the eminent fear of such. There is no profanity within articles on this website.
The vocabulary of some information is written at an adult reading level. Hence, it may not be suitable for children even though there is there is nothing particularly objectionable to children.
What is the Optimum Reading Level?
The average American has a readability level equivalent to a 7th or 8th grader (12–14 years old).  Blogs written at lower-grade reading levels typically get more attention.  Author, Charlotte E. English, makes this distinction within the reference What Makes a Book Readable :
- 1/3 of adults read at a 2nd–6th grade reading level
- 1/3 read at a 7th–12th grade reading level
- 1/3 read at college levels
So, a reading grade level of about 5 accommodates most readers. By way of comparison, the “Jack and Jill” nursery rhyme is a grade-1 reading level. The typical PubMed article is grade 13, 14, or even post-graduate.
The level of some articles on this site can be lower in order to appeal to a wider audience. It may also represent limited education of prominent characters within a story.
What is a Cameo?
Below some article titles and also within the footer you may sometimes see the word “cameo.” This can refer to your first name substitution for one of the characters within a story.
Cameo may also refer to gender-based content personalization. These customizations occur only when logged in and does not affect audio. Upon your request, this feature can be disabled.