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Women more concerned about aging than men

sex and relationships Updated: Mar 22, 2013 18:19 IST
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Aging is a concern for many Americans, but men seem to have an easier time dealing with the passing years than women, a new survey suggests.

The national poll of 2,000 US adults found that nearly 90 percent of people think women are under more pressure to look younger than men are, the New York Daily News reported.

Men are also considered old about five years later than women, and sexier at an older age.

While gray hair was thought to make men look distinguished, on women it was associated with being old.

The age when women were thought to be the most attractive was 30, compared with 34 for men.

“The survey definitely shows that aging, when we are talking about appearance, is a real emotional touch point for both men and women, no matter whether they are 20, 40, 60,” Kristin Perrotta, the executive editor of Allure magazine, which commissioned the poll said.

42 percent of women aged 50-59 years old said that they felt they needed to look young to be successful at work, nearly double the number of men, but overall men and women thought that gender played a larger role in workplace discrimination than age.

Although aging is a concern for both sexes, about 60 percent of men and women said they thought they looked younger than other people their own age, and a similar number of both sexes said sex gets better with age.

Five percent of people questioned in the poll said they have had plastic surgery or injections such as Botox to fight the signs of aging.

42 percent of women and 18 percent of men said they would consider it in the future.

One in three people who have had injections or plastic surgery have kept it a secret.