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Grumpy Old Men Don't Live Long: Study

By    |   Monday, 16 March 2015 12:54 PM

Grumpy old men, consider yourselves warned. New research suggests that getting older doesn’t necessarily lead to more cynical perspectives. In fact, aging tends to lead people to become more trusting — and that, in turn, often leads to a greater sense of well-being.

The findings are based on two new studies, by University at Buffalo psychologist Michael Poulin, exploring the relationship between age and trust, Medical Xpress reports. 
 
Poulin found that while trust can increase the odds of becoming a victim of fraud and scams, there is no evidence that those negative consequences erode the benefits of trust for older adults' well-being.
 
"Both studies found a positive association between trust and well-being, which was consistent across the life span, suggesting that trust is not a liability in old age," he said. "The kindly old man or old woman next door is really not especially likely to yell at the kids to 'Get off the lawn.' "
 
The studies, conducted with Claudia Haase, assistant professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University, were published online in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
 
For the first study, the researchers examined at the association between age and trust in surveys involving nearly 200,000 people from 83 countries.

"The results suggest a positive association between the two. It has been present for at least the past 30 years and the magnitude of the association between age and trust has been about the same," said Poulin. "This suggests that it's not simply about people being born at certain times."
 
The second study, based on the experiences of 1,230 Americans, also found they became more trusting as they aged.
 
"The study shows that for Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers alike, levels of trust increase as people get older," said Haase. "People really seem to be 'growing to trust' as they travel through their adult years."

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