Worried about growing old? Studies show you probably shouldn't be!

In many cases human beings peak at different activities during middle and old age.


News Desk March 18, 2017
While for most of us growing old is scary, scientists find losing your youth might not be as bad. PHOTO: REUTERS

They say older people are wiser and there is a wealth of research to prove just that. Studies show that losing your youth might not be half bad because in many cases human beings peak at different activities during middle and old age.

For example, while a young person may have higher energy levels, older people tend to be more psychologically stable.

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Here's what you can look forward to as you age:

1. Learning a second language is easiest when you are seven or eight-years-old

It is generally accepted by linguists and scientists that learning a second language is easier when you are younger, usually before puberty.

2. Brain processing power peaks when you're 18

Cognitive scientists tested brain processing power through a digital symbol coding test - on an average 18-year-olds fared best on this task.

3. The ability to remember unfamiliar names peaks at about 22

How often have you experienced meeting someone new and instantly forgetting their name? According to a study, this is least likely to happen when you're 22.

4. Men are most attracted to women in their early twenties; women's preference of men changes with age

Using data from his online-dating site, the co-founder of OKCupid analysed that men find women in their early 20s the most attractive - even as men got older, they still preferred 20-something women. Women in their 20s, tended to like slightly older men. In their 30s, women preferred men a few years younger.

5. Life satisfaction peaks at 23

In a survey, 23-year-olds were found to be particularly satisfied with their lives.

6. 25 is the age when strength peaks

Your muscles are at their strongest when you are 25 and stay relatively hefty for the next 10 to 15 years.

7. The peak age to settle down is 26

Statistics say that by the age of 26, you'll have met enough people to be able to settle down.

Another study states, divorce rates are lowest for couples who marry between the ages of 28 and 32.

8. The ideal age for running marathons is 28

Want to take up marathon running? According to a study, the average age to complete a marathon in two hours is 28.

9. Bone mass peaks at 30

Your bones are strongest when you are around 30-years-old. Calcium intake and Vitamin D may keep bones healthier for long, but they will eventually weaken.

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10. Chess players peak at 31

Studying the scores of chess players, scientists saw that grandmasters generally did best around the age of 31.

11. You're best at learning new faces at the age of 32

The ability to quickly and accurately recognise faces of strangers peaks when you're about 32.

12. On an average, Nobel Prize winners make their big discovery at 40

If you feel like you haven't achieved anything in life so far, fear not. According to a study carried out by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the average age when Nobel Prize-winning research is done is 40.

13. Women's salaries peak at 39; men's at 48

According to analysis, women allegedly earn the most when they're 39. Men's salaries peak when they're about 48 or 49.

14. Understanding of other's emotions peaks in your 40s and 50s

In a study carried out with 10,000 participants, in which they were asked to correctly identify emotions of people based on only the eyes, those in their 40s and 50s did the best.

15. Arithmetic skills peak at 50

Fifty-year-olds are the best at answering arithmetic questions from the top of their heads.

16. Life satisfaction peaks again at 69

After being satisfied with life at 23 and experiencing a dip during your middle ages, life satisfaction again goes up when you're 69.

17. Vocabulary peaks in your late 60s or early 70s

Those in their early 60s and 70s scored generally well on multiple choice vocabulary tests when compared to other age groups.

18. You feel best about your body after 70

In a survey carried out, men and women over the age of 65 said they always liked the way they look. While men's self perception peaked in their early 80s, women's hit at 74.

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19. You get wiser as you get older

A study conducted by a team of psychologists asked people to analyse a conflict and then respond to questions. Answers were judged based on being able to see from someone else's point of view, anticipating change, considering multiple possible turnouts, acknowledging uncertainty, and searching for compromise.

The oldest age group they studied (people between 60 and 90) did better on almost every count.

20. Psychological well being peaks at 82

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, psychologists asked people to rate how well life was by picturing a ladder.

They observed the oldest age group (82 to 85-year-olds) as rating themselves the highest.

21. You are most likely to make big decisions when your age ends in a 9

Researchers studying people who were 29, 39, 49, or 59 found that they were more likely to make a big life change, whether good or bad.

This group was over represented in groups of people seeking to have an affair, people killing themselves, and deciding to run a marathon for the first time.

This story originally appeared on Business Insider

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COMMENTS (3)

Ruby | 4 years ago | Reply Until I looked at the last point, I gave the article some serious thought.
Parvez | 4 years ago | Reply At 25 I could never have gotten away with what I can get way with today....... its good to be old, makes me feel young again.
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