How do senior citizens address people who are younger than themselves?

I am 70-years-old. As a child I was taught to address all adults whose names I don't know as either "sir" or "ma'am." Throughout my life I continued to address all adults whose names I don't know as "sir" or "ma'am" if they physically appear to be older than... show more I am 70-years-old.

As a child I was taught to address all adults whose names I don't know as either "sir" or "ma'am." Throughout my life I continued to address all adults whose names I don't know as "sir" or "ma'am" if they physically appear to be older than teenagers (judgement call here).

As an adult, the females who I perceive to be teenagers I address as "miss," while males who I perceive to be teenagers I address as "mister." I never address any males whom I perceive as being younger than me as "son," which I find to be condescending (older adults addressed me as "son" when I was in my 20's and 30's.)
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