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Do Tell: How Old Do You Feel?

What's an easy way to feel younger? Grow older! A new survey from Pew Research Center asked people of different ages how old they felt. The results showed that as people get older, the gap between real age and perceived age grows.

Half of the people surveyed who were 50 or over said they felt at least 10 years younger than their chronological age. Among those 65-74, a third said they felt 10 to 19 years younger and one in six said they felt at least 20 years younger! Compare that to the 18- to 29-year-olds surveyed — 75 percent of the younger group said they either felt their age or older.

I can verify these results against my own experience: I asked my 89-year-old grandfather how old he felt in his mind, and he said 65! I'm curious, how old do you feel?

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
I am my age. I am myself. I'm different than my teens, my twenties, my thirties. I stay fit, and have fun but with more insight and knowledge. I am less confused with how to handle situations and less concerned with making scenes if necessary. I don't suffer embarrassment. I don't drink to get drunk, but I still drink with friends. I have an easy going side and have to be silly with my son because I had a baby at a late age. I have a bit of a young attitude meaning I can still pull up my hair and put on a backpack if needed. I take chances still but have more sense on planning and follow through. I would say I pull from my youth and tack on some wisdom. I think I am my age. But age is an attitude too.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I'm 20 (21 in September! Woo!) and I feel 16 when I'm with one group of friends, 25 with another. 20 when I'm happy, 23 when I'm stressed (like I have been lately, trying to find a job in an area where there aren't any, and finding out my loans are possibly getting canceled for reasons I'd never heard about before), 22 when I'm optimistic.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 7 years
I'm 16 (almost 17) and I still feel like I'm 12 :D
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
i'm 24 and definitely feel my age. i love being in my 20' much is changing! post-college is definitely the best time to discover who you really are. in school, i think we all kind of blend together since we are surrounded by people all the time (granted there are exceptions, but this is in general). now what i've been on my own i can feel myself growing into the person i will become. its not always easy, but i like evolving. hopefully i keep evolving into the best possible person i can be!
cherryblossom cherryblossom 7 years
im 21 and feel 17
merie33 merie33 7 years
I've always felt older than I really am. I'm 21, but I do feel older than that. And when people guess my age, they put me around 25 or 26. I guess it's because I don't do the typical things that a 21 year old is doing. I finished college earlier than everyone my age, so I'm working full time now, and not out partying and cramming for tests at 3 in the morning. It's always been that way though. My mom always said she thinks that my older brother (4 years older) and I were swapped in birth order because of my maturity level.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
That totally depends on the day, sometimes I'm so 'out of it' (tired, pms-ing, cranky, sick, achey) and I thought, gosh I feel like a 100 yrs old or more. But there are days when I feel like I'm still in my early 20s (minus going partying, etc), just feeling like I have so much energy and feel healthy. Or at times, I feel like my age, 31 :) Yeah, it totally depends on the day.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
Some days I feel my age, but most days I feel like I'm in my 60s or 70s. That is because of my body though - back problems and memory loss.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Lots of times I'll forget I'm a grownup and feel about 12. But then I was in VS today and saw actual 12 yr olds swarming the panty sale bin and throwing things around and I was like "okay, I'm older than that."
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
My mom says she feels her age, 48. To me, she reminds me of what she was when she was 35. My dad, well, he's 50, and he feels 21 perpetually (at least after the mid-life crisis!) My BF says he feels about 27/28, like I do. I don't know why. I think it's because my life right now is similar to most people I know who are around that age. It's weird. I'd like to feel my age, but I don't do hardcore partying, mooching off mom and dad, live at home, go to college all the things a lot of people my age are doing right now. In that sense, I am above and beyond, which is probably why I identify as about 5 years older or so. When I am older, I'd like to feel younger. I think that's what keeps you alive and kicking. Just because you're 100 doesn't mean you can't be a child at heart. You can be that and not be childish. I'd love that.
zabrow zabrow 7 years
i'm 25 almost 26, but up until recently, when people asked my age i always slipped up & said i was 23. not sure why...? i don't even feel as mature as a 30 year old, so it's interesting that someone much younger would feel that mature. i feel like there's A LOT of growth & change that goes on in your 20s, so from 17 to 30 is a HUGE leap.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I think it's funny to hear the 17/ 18 yr olds say they have the maturity of a 30 year old.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 7 years
^Late TWENTIES not thirties! sorry lol
Amanda-La Amanda-La 7 years
Most people think I'm in my late even early thirties because of the way I act (not look!) so I guess I kind of feel older too. I'm tired all the time and don't ever get to play so that makes me feel older too. Maybe older people feel younger because they've retired and can relax.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
I'm 20. Physically, I feel much older. I'm always having aches and pains and what not. Mentally, I definitely still feel like a teenager.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I am 22, and mentally, I average somewhere in the late 20's. Physically, I always feel young.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I have no idea. I'm fit and active. I've ALWAYS been fit and active, so it's not an age-related issue. In fact, I have to go now. I'm going for a jog at the park.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
It's not how old I am, it's how old I feel — with apologies to Ian MacKaye. I've always felt prematurely geriatric. Some days I feel 18, others I feel 50.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I'm 20 and feel my age even though I don't act my age. I'm very mature for my age, but I feel young
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
27, feel 22
sidra5397 sidra5397 7 years
Hmm... I'm 20 and don't really feel it. Even when I was younger I always felt older than my friends or classmates. I behave childishly at times and goof off but in my head I tend to think the way someone older than myself does. That might explain why I get along so well with people much older than people my age in general.
penguins268 penguins268 7 years
I'm 18 and I feel like I'm 12-15 in a goofy, childish way but when it comes to common sense and maturity compared to other people my age, I would say above the age of 30.
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