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Women Feel Old at 29

Old at Heart: Women Feel Old at 29, Men at 58

Tick tock, tick tock. That's the sound of a woman's internal clock, which apparently moves at a rate twice as fast as a man's. Women consider themselves old at 29, reports a British study (sponsored by a funeral planning service!), while men don't feel old until 58.

In addition to the number of candles on a birthday cake, the study's subjects also pointed to physical or personality changes as evidence of aging. Some women determined their youth had fleeted at the first sight of gray hair, and others said acting like their mother was a sure sign they were over the hill. Gray or not, men felt past their prime when they could no longer perform in the bedroom.

A psychologist gave the Daily Mail his own relatively retro explanation: "At 30, women have matured, they're expected to think about getting married and starting a family. While the majority of men are much more career orientated — they don't feel old until they've reached retirement age." I'd counter it's not men's superior focus on their careers, but rather society's more laxed standards of male beauty that allow men to feel young past middle age. While salt-and-pepper actors remain sex symbols, the female ideal, seen on fashion runways for example, is often a 15-year-old girl.


Besides maybe the fact that '90s Nickelodeon shows are now vintage, what has made you feel old?

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Sherrilee Sherrilee 6 years
Wow you have right idea. I'm midle-age and feel younger than that number. I'm just doing things that I didn't do before and sure I'll find new things in this life.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 6 years
These studies are a waste of money. A woman who says she feels old at 29 needs an anti depressant or a kick in her rear. Maybe she should get a "career orientated life", or start running four miles a day like David Beckham's wife over there in Great Britain. Thats what she does to stay fit and young and healthy - young. Meanwhile the complainers out there in the world just complain. They need an attitude adjustment. I'm 45. Have a family. Have a husband. Have a son. Run two miles a day. Never weighed over 120 lbs. Buying a house. Buying a Mustang next year. Like my job. Do I feel old? NO. Sometimes I feel tired. Sometimes. When I do, I sit down, have a glass of wine, and think, I'm happy to be my age. Old? I'm old when I hit 89 maybe.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Yeah, the title makes me grate my imaginary dentures as well. ;)
amber512 amber512 6 years
Oh my gosh, I hate being called ma'am! The first time was when a younger teenager called me that at a fast food restaurant. I was only 19!
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
Gross! I hate stuff like this. I'm 29 and don't feel a day over 22. I will probably always feel that young.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I'm 29. I am getting gray hairs and laugh lines. Sure, I obviously feel older than I did in my early 20s, but I don't exactly feel old.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I agree that it's a society issue. Girls are taught to be more mature than guys. It seems like men have a lot more choices or freedom than women.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
pistil, that happened to me a few weeks ago! i was carded at a bar, and my fingers were numb from the 12-block walk to the bar in sub-zero weather, so i couldn't get my id out of my wallet (it was behind a clear plastic thingy, but they required people to take out their ids, since i live in a college town). i begged the bouncer to try to get it out too, and he couldn't, so he looked at it anyway. he was examining it rather thoroughly, so i said, "don't worry, i'm really 27". he's like, "ummm...your id says you're 28". haha oops.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I also forget my age. I was once questioned by a cop in Vegas because I looked underage. I inadvertently lied telling him I was 22 (I was 23 at the time). Way to look suspicious. Fortunately I had ID. My mom just turned 53, but I feel like she still has many years to go before I'd consider her 'senior'. Maybe because that would make me feel 'old'.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I'm just a few days short of my 24th birthday, so I should not be complaining at all but there are a couple of things that have made me feel older than I think I should feel. One of them is that the music I listened to as a kid is starting to show up on the classic rock stations that normally play things like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foghat, and Edgar Winter Group. In the last year, I have now heard R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains on these same stations. I feel old that the music I grew up with is officially "classic". I'm student teaching right now with some eighth graders and the other day I said "TMI" in response to something a student said. I heard a voice from the back say, "TMI? Who says that anymore?" I felt old then too haha
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
(....and now I've broken a hip.)
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Being called "ma'am." Damn whippersnappers. *kicks desk*
amber512 amber512 6 years
I'm almost 28 and I tend to forget, lol. When people ask my age I always want to say 22 or 23. Not because I want to be that age again, but I just don't think of myself as any older! Oh! And my husband turned 30 last year and had a reallllly hard time with it. I have no worries about turning 30, but it really bugged him.
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