London: A new study has revealed that women consider themselves old at 29 – half the age of men who don’t feel over the hill until they are 58.
A quarter of women say they felt old as soon as they spotted their first grey hairs.
On the other hand, men tend to think they are still young until they can no longer perform in the bedroom, according to the study by Avalon Funeral Plans.
It is thought that this gulf between the sexes is because age perception is so determined by society’s attitude towards youth and beauty.
“In our society the attractiveness of women is quite important. Men don’t have to be good looking but, for some reason, it’s important for women to look presentable,” the Daily Mail quoted psychologist Professor Cary Cooper from Lancaster University as saying.
“Magazines are all about youth and are filled with young, attractive women. Women then start to perceive themselves as old when they no longer feel like this, when they don’t feel trendy or fashionable.
“Men, on the other hand, don’t have to be good looking, it doesn’t concern them.”
He added: “At 30, women have matured, they’re expected to think about getting married and starting a family.
“While the majority of men are much more career orientated - they don’t feel old until they’ve reached retirement age.”