What happens when you hit your thirties?

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goo Ranking took a look at what experiences on reaching one’s thirties people can identify with, for both women and men.

Demographics

Between the 5th and 7th of November 2012 1,049 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.8% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 14.6% in their twenties, 27.5% in their thirties, 25.1% in their forties, 11.0% in their fifties, and 11.7% 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. Perhaps only those over thirty answered this question.

There’s a suspicious 5% gap between each answer for the women, so that would mean the top answer only got 20 votes, which does seem very low, especially since for the men there seems to be around 100 votes for their top answer.

I don’t think I really felt anything particular in my thirties, although I can identify with many of the answers with regards to hitting my forties!

Ranking results

Q1: What experiences on reaching your thirties can you identify with? (Sample size=617, female)

Rank Score
1My tear ducts get looser and I’m more easily moved to tears100
2=I fall asleep even in the pub85.0
2=I can’t understand the language kids are using85.0
4I can only single the Oldies at karaoke80.0
5I go to bed by 11 pm75.0
6=I get delayed muscle pain two or more days after exercise70.0
6=I prefer to wear clothes that show little skin70.0
8=I worry about laugh lines on my face65.0
9I don’t know the names of the new pop idol groups60.0
10=My breasts begin to sag50.0
10=I can no longer stay up all night50.0
12=I immerse myself in my favourite things45.0
12=White hair appears45.0
14I just can’t get rid of excess fat40.0
15=My memory gets vague35.0
15=I wake up early even on weekends35.0
15=I just cannot shake off tiredness35.0
18=I start preferring vegetables to meat30.0
18=I choose underwear for function, not form30.0
20=I stumble over my words whenever I open my mouth25.0
20=At karaoke I can no longer hit the high notes25.0
20=I get heartburn when I eat fatty foods25.0
23=I regularly take stomach medicine20.0
23=I crick my back doing exercise after a period of idleness20.0
23=I trip over my own feet20.0

Q2: What experiences on reaching your thirties can you identify with? (Sample size=432, male)

Rank Score
1My tear ducts get looser and I’m more easily moved to tears100
2I can’t understand the language kids are using79.4
3I overdo it at the parents’ race as school sports day and fall over70.1
4I don’t know the names of the new pop idol groups60.8
5I can no longer hold my drink53.6
6I go to bed by 11 pm52.6
7I get delayed tiredness two days after49.5
8I immerse myself in my favourite things47.4
9I can only single the Oldies at karaoke46.4
10I start preferring vegetables to meat44.3
11I just can’t get rid of excess fat41.2
12=I fall asleep even in the pub32.0
12=I can no longer stay up all night32.0
14I crick my back doing exercise after a period of idleness30.9
15White hair appears28.9
16I stumble over my words whenever I open my mouth26.8
17I just cannot shake off tiredness25.8
18=I get old man smell24.7
18=I wake up early even on weekends24.7
20I get heartburn when I eat fatty foods23.7
21I regularly take stomach medicine22.7
22My hairline starts receding21.6
23=I get out of breath climbing stairs10.3
23=I trip over my own feet10.3
25At karaoke I can no longer hit the high notes9.3
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