Q. What is hacking?
A. It's hard to describe. It's not just some hobby that we all share because we're good with computers. I like to think about it like Mr. Miagi from the Karate Kid described karate to Daniel. It's like driving on a road, you drive on the left karate-do-no. Drive on the right, karate-do-yes. Drive in the middle, karate-do-so-so....SMACK! With time, you'll figure it out, all of us who have been at it for a couple of years know, we just don't know how to describe it. Next!
Q. How do you get started?
A. READ!!!! Read, read, read some more, and never stop reading. You won't find books in libraries that will walk you step-by-step through how to write a buffer-overflow. Everything you will ever want to know about this lifestyle can be found online. Get to know different devices that can be put on a network, and if one sparks your interest (like a router for example), look up security benefits/faults for it. It's all about what you find curious enough to explore further.
Q. How will programming help me?
A. Imagine you're a lumberjack, and you're out in the woods ready to go, but you don't have an axe. That's like trying to be a hacker without knowing how to program. You can't just wish the tree down, you have to have the necessary knowledge, tools, and skillset to accomplish the task at hand.
Q. How old is everyone?
A. No one knows, but from people's attitudes with wanting to learn you can sometimes make a good guess at how old they are. For example, the people like you who ask genuine questions I usually assume to be of 19-22. There's a different level of maturity between folks like you and folks who ask, "Hey guys, I found this website, how can I hack it?"
Like I said bro, there's more to being a hacker than cracking passwords, and fucking shit up on Fox News. If it interests you that much you'll figure it out someday. All you have to do is read, and ask questions when you don't understand something.