When Japanese feel their age

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Here’s a fun look with goo Ranking at what moments people feel their age, for both women and men.

Demographics

Between the 18th and 21st of December 2009 1,077 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 51.0% of the sample were female, 8.7% in their teens, 15.3% in their twenties, 27.0% in their thirties, 27.8% in their forties, 11.9% in their fifties, and 9.3% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

For me it has to be when I first realised I was older than all the current Formula 1 drivers! The other occasional moment is when I catch some UK TV and see some person I haven’t seen for a good number of years and notice that they’ve aged.

Ranking result

Q: When do you feel your age? (Sample size=549, female)

Rank   Score
1 When I don’t know young personalities 100
2 When I can’t stay up all night 98.9
3 When the successful professional sportspeople are younger than me 96.8
4 When my fatty bits get flabby 91.6
5 When I start forgetting things all the time 90.5
6 When I involuntarily grunt when putting effort into something 88.4
7 When I find wrinkles on my face 86.3
8 When I start wearing sensible clothes 71.6
9 When I get irritated when I hear young people talking 65.3
10 When bruises take their time to disappear 61.1
11 When I start saying “Young people these days…” 60.0
12 When I need to go to the toilet more often on cold days 58.9
13 When muscle pain comes longer than usual after exercise 49.5
14 When I can’t open the plastic bags at the supermarket 45.3
15 When love and romance becomes too much bother 42.1
16 When it gets harder to go out drinking every night 41.1
17 When my skin loses its natural moisture 40.0
18 When I cannot shake off tiredness after vigourous sports 25.3
19= When I start to prefer fish to meat 25.3
19= When I start thinking fillet is better than roast 25.3

Q: When do you feel your age? (Sample size=528, male)

Rank   Score
1 When I can’t stay up all night 100
2 When the successful professional sportspeople are younger than me 78.4
3 When I don’t know young personalities 62.2
4 When muscle pain comes longer than usual after exercise 59.5
5 When I start forgetting things all the time 58.1
6 When I need to go to the toilet more often on cold days 51.4
7 When my fatty bits get flabby 50.0
8 When it gets harder to go out drinking every night 47.3
9 When I involuntarily grunt when putting effort into something 45.9
10 When I cannot shake off tiredness after vigourous sports 41.9
11 When whiskers start coming through white 40.5
12 When I get irritated when I hear young people talking 32.4
13 When I start saying “Young people these days…” 29.7
14 When love and romance becomes too much bother 28.4
15 When my skin loses its natural moisture 27.0
16 When I find wrinkles on my face 24.3
17= When people say I smell even though I bath every day 20.3
17= When I start wearing sensible clothes 20.3
19= When I can’t open the plastic bags at the supermarket 18.9
19= When things I could do easily now require some physical strain 18.9
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1 Comment »

  1. Katie said,
    January 31, 2010 @ 13:28

    I have no pity for Japanese people when it comes to fatty bits and wrinkles! Since the advent of HD photography at movie premiers, I can’t escape the fact that Japanese actors/actresses in their 50s have less wrinkles than I do at 29. >.<

    It is much more about how the outside world looks to men, versus how women see themselves.

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