Why do People Lie about Their Age? Here Are 7 Reasons ...


Why do People Lie about Their Age? Here Are 7 Reasons ...
Why do People Lie about Their Age? Here Are 7 Reasons ...

People lie about their age all the time. That was a statement I heard from a personality development coach in one of those talks that is supposed to make you feel good about yourself. The talk wasn't exactly great (the speaker spoke too much about herself) but I like how it made me think about the importance of embracing your age and staying true to yourself. Here are seven reasons why people lie about their age:

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People take a good hard look in the mirror and realized that the years sped by THAT fast and suddenly they are no longer 20 or 30 or 40 anymore. If you could turn back time, would you really want that? A lot of people want to be thought of as young and beautiful so celebrating birthdays become the less pleasant days of the year. So... they lie about their age...


Vanity is a common reason for people to lie about their age. In today's society, there is a lot of pressure to look young and beautiful, especially for women. This can lead to people feeling self-conscious about their age and wanting to appear younger than they actually are. According to a study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 64% of women feel pressure to maintain a youthful appearance. This pressure can lead to people lying about their age in order to fit societal beauty standards. Additionally, with the rise of social media and dating apps, there is a fear of being judged or rejected based on age, leading people to lie in order to appear more desirable.



There is always someone younger, hungrier and ready to climb up your back for that promotion at work, especially in a world where youth - unfortunately - is valued more than age and experience. So...telling someone you are perpetually “stuck” at 42 doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all.


In many professional fields, the fresh-out-of-college crowd comes brimming with new perspectives and tech-savvy skills that make them desirable candidates. This can instigate a silicon valley-esque race for staying relevant, pushing some to understate their age to level the playing field. After all, there's a certain jeunesse that industries equate with adaptability and innovation. If shaving off a few years can help secure your seat at the table, it can be a tantalizing option in an environment where the new so often outshines the tried-and-true.



Who wants to be called old? Or useless? Or unwanted? No one of course, and it is our hubris that will tell us that we are more than what or who we think we are. It is our ego that always gets us into trouble so you might want to stick that in a drawer somewhere and learn to enjoy life as it comes to you.


Aging Ungracefully

Some people simply do not want to be “old” and want to stay young forever. For them, aging is what happens to other people. They will dress just as their counterparts do who are 10 or 20 years their junior, instead of embracing their life experiences and the wisdom that comes of it. I mean really … do you really want to go through high school all over again? Nah. No, thank you.


Want More Time

Lie is so deliciously wonderful that some people just want to live forever. Sorry buddy. You only have a finite amount of time on good ol’ terra firma so chin up and take what is given to you. However, you can slow down time by giving service to others and in that you will find a great sense of joy and happiness. That is more meaningful than spending money on botox treatments and face lifts.

Famous Quotes

Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.

Niccolò Machiavelli


For those of us who have tasted it at least once, the clarion call of “lights, camera, action” is more intoxicating than a fine glass of wine; and sorry to say that some of us will do anything to be in the limelight at least one more time. Lying about our age is a small price to pay.


The seductive power of fame is such that the number of candles on the birthday cake seems inconsequential compared to the allure of the spotlight. In the ruthless world of the entertainment industry, where youth often trumps experience, shaving a few years off one's age can keep doors open that might otherwise close. It's a not-so-secret dance, where the eternal glow of stardom beckons louder than the silent tick-tock of the biological clock. After all, in the relentless pursuit of fame, age is but a fleeting number, and the spotlight—a siren call to which many will heedlessly follow.



At the end of the day, we, who are fortunate to grow old, should just accept that we can no longer run 20 miles a day like a gazelle as we could when were 17. Accepting who we are and loving the person we have become is a joyous thing. Embrace the wonder of life and live every day to the fullest. To tell you to love yourself is cliché but it's one of the most truthful pieces of advice you can ever receive from anyone who loves you.

Do you lie about your age? Why?

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I usually like to tell people that I am 10 older, just so I can hear them say, " oh my gosh! You look so great for your age!" Haha

I do not lie about my, but can say I not like being old. I am told I do not look my age, so that is great. Ego has not to do with it either, I just do not like it plain and simple. Lol

Number 7 is the reason I lie (to myself mostly) about my age.

MeganB i'm the same - i had a kid tell me i look 19 and I'm actually 24!!! People's reactions are sooo funny.. I'm trying to dress a bit classier tho, trying to get different impressions of people even if my facial features look like a teenager!

Age is just a number. So long U age gracefully :-)

I don't necessarily "lie" about my age. I just wear more makeup than normal 17 year olds do. If I wore as much makeup as my friends do (which is basically) nothing, I would look 12 or 13. Wearing more makeup makes me look my age.

As a child I used to lie about my age because the older you get the cooler things you can do. (I.e. Drive, watch R movies etc). Now that I'm at the age where I can basically do what I want (within reason of course) I have no need to lie about my age.

mostly our ladies lies a lot about their age, you will see a lady of 32,33,34 and 35 saying that she is 30 years and they can went as far as in reducing their age both in academic background and so on. i do not see anything wrong been old, the only thing we should consider is the kind of diet or nutrients we consume as humans.

I don't lie about my age, but I don't consider about my age when I choose what to wear. "Age appropriate" clothing is based on nothing but stereotypes and I believe I am old enuff to choose by myself instead of obeying the norm ;) It won't make me age ungracefully :)

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