NEW YORK — Have Americans discovered the fountain of youth? At least in their minds it appears they have. A new survey finds, on average, people say they feel seven years younger than their actual age. Respondents add 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. However, more than 65 percent of respondents now also see reading glasses in their reflections.
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.
Moments like hearing a familiar song on the “oldies” station (43%), catching oneself squinting at small print (38%), and grunting while getting out of a seat (37%) all make people feel like their youthfulness is slipping away.