Do you really want to live forever? Only 33% of Americans would take an immortality pill – and men are more likely to take it than women
- The survey asked 911 Americans if they would like to live forever
- This was done by telling respondents they would take an immortality pill
- Only 33% said they would take it, 42% declined the offer and 25% were unsure
- The results also showed that more men said they would take the pill
- The survey also asked respondents at what age they would like to freeze
- The youngest group of people, ranging from 18-28, said 23 years old
- While another group averaging 72 years old wanted to live forever on 42 live
People have been fascinated with overcoming death for thousands of years, but a new study finds that most modern Americans aren’t interested in prolonging their lives.
Scientists from the University of Texas (UT) surveyed more than 900 people in the US and only 33 percent said they would take an immortality pill.
Conversely, 42 percent of respondents declined the offer and 25 percent said they weren’t sure.
Respondents were divided into three groups based on age: young adults between the ages of 18 and 29; seniors with an average age of 72 years; and an older group with a mean age of 88 years.
All three groups answered the same, with the majority saying ‘no’ to eternal life, but differences arose when the youngest and oldest groups were asked at what age they would like to be frozen – the youngest said 23 and the oldest 42 years on average.
Of the young adults, 34 percent said yes, 40 percent said no, and 26 percent were unsure.
In the younger senior groups, 32 percent said yes, 43 percent said no and 25 percent were unsure.
And of the group of older seniors, 24 percent said yes, 59 percent said no and 17 percent said they were not sure.
“Young adults indicated that they would like to live forever as a young adult, while the elderly indicated that they would like to live forever as a middle-aged adult,” the researchers wrote in the study published in the Journal. Journal of Aging Studies.
This suggests that people are more open to immortality if they can choose an age close to their current one.
What the researchers found even more surprising, however, was that men had a higher degree of willingness to use the life-extending treatment than women.
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Scientists from the University of Texas (UT) surveyed more than 900 people in the US and only 33 percent said they would take an immortality pill. Conversely, 42 percent of respondents declined the offer and 25 percent said they weren’t sure
The idea may sound interesting because of the fact that women tend to live longer than men: The average life expectancy of American women is 81.1 years and 76.1 years.
Differences were also found when researchers asked more detailed questions, such as freezing yourself at a certain age.
‘Young people and the elderly indicated that they would rather live permanently in old age than younger adults,’ the study said.
The average life expectancy in the US is 78.7 years, according to a 2021 report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a dramatic increase from 100 years ago when it was only 53.
What was even more surprising to researchers, however, was that men had a higher degree of willingness to use the life-prolonging treatment than women.
The increase is due to improvements in sanitation, housing, education and technological advancements that have improved the lives of Americans over generations.
These developments have also prompted scientists and companies to design innovations that can extend our lives, but UT research suggests that these groups are wasting their time.
In the study, 593 young adults, 272 younger adults and 46 older adults were asked whether they would take a hypothetical life-prolonging treatment in the form of a pill developed by a doctor.
“We wanted the health care providers to focus on the outcome of taking the pill,” the authors wrote, “rather than weighing potential harms of the treatment.”
“If a life-prolonging treatment were to become available that effectively halts aging, young adults would likely use such a treatment to avoid reaching the age where older cohorts say they’d rather live forever.”