Archive for August, 2007

Real age?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

What’s your “real age”? This site claims to provide that–although it’s more about life expectancy. To some extent, it’s all silliness, but it’s interesting to see what factors this particular quiz includes. (Thanks to Library Tavern for the link.)

On one hand, I buy my estimated life expectancy as projected by the quiz–96.8 years. I was aiming for 93 years, but family history and current habits suggest that 96.8 isn’t out of the question.

What I don’t buy, though, is the “real age” figure. This quiz says my real age is 44.2 years.

Sure it is. OK, I’m probably healthier than I was at 44 (I certainly have better lung capacity), but in other ways I’m every day of 61 (nearing 62).

I guess the “real age” idea is posited on the 79-year average male life expectancy: If your projected expectancy comes out way longer, then you must be “younger” than your chronological age. Maybe.

Anyway, an interesting approach. Just don’t take it too seriously.

Hmm. Wonder if I could sell the idea that I’m really only 44.2 years old as part of a job search? “I’m only 44.2 years old, but I do have 39 years’ experience in my field…”

Maybe not.