A new survey finds that, on average, people say they feel seven years younger than their actual age. And they don’t even begin to embrace getting older until they hit 47.
The survey of 2,000 Americans over age 40 reveals nearly four in five (77%) feel younger than they actually are. Over half the poll (55%) still see their “younger selves” when they look in the mirror. Close to half of respondents (47%) refuse to admit that they’re getting old and more than a third (35%) say they get offended if someone calls them old.
Things that make people feel old: hearing a familiar song on the “oldies” station (43%), squinting at small print (38%), grunting while getting out of a seat (37%), seeing a celebrity they’ve never heard of (33%), having trouble seeing in a dimly lit room (26%), and not being on TikTok (24%) all contributes to people feeling like they’re too old.