How to (Honestly) Belie Your Age
New research has found a surprising mix of factors that affect how old (or young) people think you are. Here’s a science-based quick guide to appearing fresh-faced forever.
Smile wide. Young, middle-aged, and older individuals studied thousands of photographs and were asked to guess the age of the models, who had different facial expressions. Neutral expressions yielded the most accurate results, and fearful expressions made subjects look older; happy faces were rated as younger than they really were.
Ask a youngster. Older people think that everyone is about a year older than his or her true age, while younger adults tend to guess that older people are younger than they actually are.
Quit trying. When older adults look like they are trying to pass as more youthful versions of themselves, younger people tend to see them as less likable and more deceitful, according to a study from the University of Kansas, USA.