May. 21st, 2013

I'm too lazy to search for it, but there should be a scientific study of when people stop making rational decisions. I'm not talking about when people go senile or get to a certain stage of Alzheimer's. I'm talking about people who should be able to make decisions making completely bad decisions.

Example 1: at what age does someone decide that wearing sweat pants out in public (to a restaurant!) is OK? Older people do this all the time. These are the same folks who wouldn't wear jeans and who would wear a tie (or other nice clothes) to work all the time. But at some age, they decide that it's OK to wear sweat pants to a public place.

Example 2: at what age does someone decide that it's more important to them to be seen walking than to use a wheelchair in an airport, when it takes said person more time than a typical lay-over to get from arrival gate to departure gate? One person in particular has used glasses all his life, and using that "tool" is fine. But somehow using a wheelchair isn't?


I'm really curious about this stuff, because it really seems that people in their 70s start making really bad decisions that they wouldn't have made when they were in their 50s. How many more years do I have left before I start making these bad decisions?

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