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Starting to feel like an old bitty at the ripe old age of 30? You’re not alone. According to a new study, women consider themselves past their prime at the age of 29. Men, on the other hand, don’t start feeling over the hill until they hit 58 -- nearly twice the age of women.
The survey, carried out by Avalon Funeral Plans in England, found that it’s not so much the candles on the cake that makes women feel ancient, but the youth robbers that go along with it, like finding her first gray hair or wrinkle. Not surprisingly, men are less fazed by time’s toll on their looks. Instead, it’s their virility that determines how old they feel.
In the poll of 1,000 people, the majority of respondents said 29 was the age when women start to lose their looks. By those standards, it looks like we should be putting celebrities like Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman (all of whom are 29 or older) out to pasture. Sorry, girls, it’s all down hill from here.
More than 25 percent of women said gray hair was the telltale sign that they had passed their prime, while 10 percent said it was their sagging skin. But many others looked past their face, down to their chests. Fifty percent of the women surveyed considered themselves youthful until their cleavage started to droop, most often because of childbirth and breastfeeding. Another three percent felt it was obvious Father Time had come knocking when they started acting like their mothers.
In contrast, men were not anxious about wrinkles, droopy skin or gray hair. And no wonder: Just about every woman on the planet is in love with 49-year-old “silver fox” George Clooney. Instead, two-thirds of men surveyed said it was an inability to perform in the sack that made them feel over the hill. In other words, as long as they can execute, they don’t seem particularly concerned with how they look while doing it.