Men Feel Old at 58; Women at Just 29

Perhaps because there's more pressure on women to be attractive
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2011 5:03 PM CDT
Updated Mar 27, 2011 6:56 PM CDT
Men Feel Old at 58; Women at Just 29
Some women begin to feel old when they notice their skin sagging, a new study shows.   (Shutterstock)

Women start to feel old at just 29, while men can make it all the way to age 58 without feeling over the hill, according to a new study by—what else?—a funeral plan provider. The vast difference can be attributed to the fact that society values the attractiveness of a woman more so than that of a man, one psychologist tells the Daily Mail: "Women then start to perceive themselves as old ... when they don’t feel trendy or fashionable."

Half of the women studied said they first felt old when their "assets" began to sag; one-quarter said the change occurred when they found their first grey hairs; 10% said the feeling started when their skin began to droop; and 3% said it began when they started behaving like their mothers. In contrast, two-thirds of men said they began to feel past their prime when they became unable to perform in the bedroom, and 22% said they felt their age as soon as they started noticing that music in bars was too loud. (More old age stories.)

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