Elderly people. Credit: Ethan Prater / Flickr Creative Commons
Hopefully, you’re going to die a very long time from now, surrounded by friends and family, having lived a meaningful life. But exactly how far away is death going to be? When you look at the broad sweep of human history, life expectancy(albeit not always in a straight line), almost doubling over the last century. And, it may well keep rising. Andrew Scott, co-author of , believes that longer lifespans are about to alter society in some fundamental ways.
- Children born in the rich countries since 2000 have got a chance of living to 100.
- Increased lifespans changed the 20th century and led to the creation of two entirely new stages of life: the teenage years and retirement. Yes, it’s true, teenagers haven’t actually been with us for very long.
- Scott says that our longer lives are already transforming society, noting that, “people are getting married later, buying cars, buying houses, having children later.”
- about the relatively short history of teenagehood.
- The Pew Research Center at how young people are delaying marriage.
- Want to know the secrets to living longer? Well, .