The changing social perceptions toward age fascinate us. With every few years that pass, the starting point of what’s considered “middle aged” is pushed back a little further. It wasn’t very long ago that people in their early thirties were expected to have settled down with a family, a mortgage, a steady career to see them until retirement, and perhaps even a collection of garden gnomes.
These days, the average person is more confident in discovering new experiences; people travel more freely, further away and for longer periods of time; and it’s becoming increasingly common to remain a big kid into your forties and beyond - look at Simon Pegg, he’s 43 and spends his life surrounded by comics, toys and zombies! Total ledge.
We started thinking about this today because a member of our team has noticed a lot of his mates in their early twenties posting the same type of update on Facebook: “Hungover after a night out. Can’t take it anymore. I’m getting old.”
His unwritten response: “You’re 23. Get some Vitamin C down your neck and stop moaning. You’ll know you’re old when you go out for a single pint and wake up in the French Foreign Legion.”
Fair play, really.
With healthcare and standards of living improving and generation gaps narrowing, it’ll be interesting to see how things turn out in the future. Maybe the OAPs of 2083 will still be playing with their holographic XBoxes and listening to K-pop well into their nineties? (Fingers crossed, eh?)