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Americans say they DON’T embrace getting older until they hit 47 while 77% feel younger than they are, poll says

MOST Americans feel young at heart – even if the mirror says otherwise. 

A new survey of 2,000 people aged 40 and above found 77 percent feel younger than they actually are and 55 percent still see their youthful selves in the reflection. 

The average person won’t begin embracing getting older until they hit 47.

However, close to half (47 percent) refuse to admit they’re aging and more than a third (35 percent) get offended if someone calls them “old.”

Moments like hearing a familiar song on the “oldies” station (43%), catching themselves squinting at small print (38 percent), and grunting while getting out of a seat (37 percent) — all make people feel like their youthfulness is fleeting.

Other signs people feel like they’re getting old are seeing a celebrity they’ve never heard of (33 percent), having trouble seeing in a dimly lit room (26 percent), and not being on TikTok (24 percent). 

Commissioned by Foster Grant and conducted by OnePoll, the study revealed more than a third of respondents don’t want to admit getting older because they either don’t want to “look old” (37 percent) or say they can’t do the things they used to do regularly (36 percent).

Meanwhile, 29 percent of older respondents said wearing glasses and asking someone to read for them or squinting to see a smaller font (61 percent) can add more years to a person. 

Although nearly two in five (39 percent) were hesitant to wear glasses at first, they quickly got used to wearing them after an average of three months. 

WHAT MAKES PEOPLE REALIZE THEY’RE GETTING OLD?

  1. Hearing a song I know on the "oldies" radio station                                  43%
  2. Catching myself squinting at the small print to make out what it says      38%
  3. Grunting when getting up from a seat or from bed                                    37%
  4. Seeing a celebrity I've never heard of or recognize                                   33%
  5. Having trouble seeing in a dim light room or restaurant                            26%
  6. Not being on TikTok, Snapchat, or newer social media                            24%
  7. Realizing something I use every day came out several years ago           22%
  8. Holding my arms out to read a menu or printed material                          17%
  9. Not being up to date on current events or trends                                      16%
  10. Not understanding current event jokes                                                      13%

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