Men and Aging Attitudes

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Millennial Men - Thoughts on Aging

Although aging is a significant concern for most Americans, men seem to deal with the hallmarks of aging better than women. It was found that men are not as pressured as women are on looking younger and are "considered old five years later than women". In general, about 60% of American men are concerned about aging and 47% of men prefer to focus on health and wellness as they age.

#1. Men's thoughts on aging in the United States

  • According to a national poll conducted in the United States, over 60% of men are concerned about aging.
  • Based on the Harris Poll, it was found that American women are more excited than men to seek new experiences and pursue fulfilling hobbies as they age. Men would like to spend time with family, friends, and increase leisure time as they age.
  • In terms of perceptions of aging, about 59% of American men agree that "70 is the new 50" compared to 73% of women.
  • About 66% of men believe that after spending years of focusing on other people, aging finally provides an opportunity to focus on themselves.
  • Over 47% of American men would like to focus their efforts in caring for their health and wellness as they age, while 23% of men reveal that they would like to maintain a better and healthier sex life as the years pass.
  • Men's health priorities as they age are focused on being bright-minded and alert (23%), being cheerful and happy (27%), and living a balanced lifestyle (27%).
  • Over 21% of American men would like to prioritize being fit physically as they age.
  • About 21% of men believe that they need to look young in order to be more successful at work.
  • It was also found that over 18% of men are willing to take injections such as Botox or have plastic surgery done to fight the signs of aging.
  • According to the Cleveland Clinic survey report, only 7% of American men are willing to discuss their health concerns with their male friends.

#2. Millennials' thoughts on aging

  • According to a report published by Mintel, over 57% of millennials in the United States are afraid of growing old. This fear has been considered to be the primary reason for several young adults to move back in with their parents after completing their college education.
  • The report also revealed that over 60% of millennials are working hard to fight the physical signs of aging while 62% of them are fighting the mental signs of aging.
  • Millennials believe that they would live to an age of 81, on average. Over 33% of American millennials believe that they will live for 75-85 years, while 30% of them expect to live for 85-100 years.
  • Over 61% of millennials think that they will live to an older age than their parents.
  • About 41% of millennials in the United States believe that their choice of food and drink will extend their life.
  • According to AperionCare, 31% of millennials feel they are not anxious about being a burden on others as they age, while 44% of them feel anxious about being a burden.

Research Strategy:

We began our search by looking for survey reports conducted on 'Millennial Men' to know their thoughts about aging. We found a 2016 report published by Mintel which provided some insights and statistics on what 'Millennials' feel about aging. However, there was no information available exclusively for 'Millennial Men'. After an extensive search through national survey reports and industry-specific websites such as PewSocialTrends, we found no relevant information that provides insight into how millennial men feel about aging. Therefore, we have provided insights into the millennial perceptions of aging, in general.

We then expanded our search to include media publications and articles from websites such as CBSNews and NYDailyNews to look for insights and quantitative information on Millennial Men and their thoughts on aging. Our search provided information on men's perception of aging and millennials thoughts on aging, but no relevant information was found that is specific to millennial men. Thus, we have compiled insights and data surrounding how millennials feel about aging and how men feel about aging, in general.