Can We Guess How Old You Are by Your Habits?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

An action becomes a habit when it becomes a regular pattern. A one-time indulgence can become harmful only when it features regularly enough to have a long-term effect. Likewise, healthy habits are useful, but only as habits; going to the gym once isn't going to turn you into The Rock.

The habits we acquire and lose over time show our personal development. Sometimes these habits are positive habits, and sometimes they are less helpful, but good or bad, these habits say something about where we are in life and what we're up to. The bad habits of youth could give way to healthy adult habits, or they could give way to bad habits that, while more mature, aren't better so much as they are different.

Habits are much of the pattern that is life. How you choose your habits is a matter of character and circumstance, both of which are a product of your life and where you are in it. A young person is unlikely to make sure their cane is positioned within arm's reach when they climb into bed, for example, only because most young people don't require canes to get around.

We have a pretty good handle on the habits that characterize the stages of life, and we are sure that if you tell us a bit about your life, we can guess your age. Care to give us a try?

How many days a week do you wake up before 7 a.m.?

How often are you outside of your home after midnight?

How often do you spend 100% of your pay each month?

How often do you delay gratification?

How actively do you manage your finances?

How much money do you put into savings each month?

How do you save for the future?

How often do you go to the doctor for checkups?

How often do you eat all the fruits and veggies you're supposed to in a day?

How many extreme diets (e.g., Paleo, Veganism, South Beach, etc.) have you tried and stuck with for a period?

What's your major vice?

How much time do you miss at work for genuine health reasons?

How much time do you miss at work because you pulled a sickie?

Which of these is most like your fanciest recent vacation?

Where do you stay when you travel?

What type of plane tickets do you buy?

What do you do when you attend a dinner party, as a guest?

What's your philosophy around hosting parties?

Who do you sit next to when you're at a dinner full of people, some of whom you know?

How do you talk to people with less social power than you?

How do you get your news?

How often do you get hung over?

Which of these is most like your experience of being in charge of others?

How much do you read books for pleasure?

How much TV do you watch per day?

What kind of TV do you watch?

What radio do you listen to?

How much do you spend doing things for your community?

How much time do you spend around smokers, including people who vape?

How much time do you spend at the gym?

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