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
1When I don’t know young personalities100
2When I can’t stay up all night98.9
3When the successful professional sportspeople are younger than me96.8
4When my fatty bits get flabby91.6
5When I start forgetting things all the time90.5
6When I involuntarily grunt when putting effort into something88.4
7When I find wrinkles on my face86.3
8When I start wearing sensible clothes71.6
9When I get irritated when I hear young people talking65.3
10When bruises take their time to disappear61.1
11When I start saying “Young people these days…”60.0
12When I need to go to the toilet more often on cold days58.9
13When muscle pain comes longer than usual after exercise49.5
14When I can’t open the plastic bags at the supermarket45.3
15When love and romance becomes too much bother42.1
16When it gets harder to go out drinking every night41.1
17When my skin loses its natural moisture40.0
18When I cannot shake off tiredness after vigourous sports25.3
19=When I start to prefer fish to meat25.3
19=When I start thinking fillet is better than roast25.3

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

Rank Score
1When I can’t stay up all night100
2When the successful professional sportspeople are younger than me78.4
3When I don’t know young personalities62.2
4When muscle pain comes longer than usual after exercise59.5
5When I start forgetting things all the time58.1
6When I need to go to the toilet more often on cold days51.4
7When my fatty bits get flabby50.0
8When it gets harder to go out drinking every night47.3
9When I involuntarily grunt when putting effort into something45.9
10When I cannot shake off tiredness after vigourous sports41.9
11When whiskers start coming through white40.5
12When I get irritated when I hear young people talking32.4
13When I start saying “Young people these days…”29.7
14When love and romance becomes too much bother28.4
15When my skin loses its natural moisture27.0
16When I find wrinkles on my face24.3
17=When people say I smell even though I bath every day20.3
17=When I start wearing sensible clothes20.3
19=When I can’t open the plastic bags at the supermarket18.9
19=When things I could do easily now require some physical strain18.9
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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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