In a perfect world, the average American would move out of their parents’ house when they were 20, graduate from college at 22, get married at 26 and start having children at 28, according to a new survey.
But while the average American wants to get these key events out of the way in his or her 20s, most would choose to be 50 for the rest of their lives, according to the Harris Interactive Poll released last week, frozen in time at five years after they want their kids to leave the house and 11 years before they retire.
Based on interviews conducted in July, the poll’s researchers found little variation in when the country’s various age groups — echo Boomers, Generation X, baby boomers, and older generations — said they wanted to go through the key events of gaining their independence and starting a family.
But though it did find some variation in the age people said they wanted to be if they could be frozen in time and never get any older, most people wanted to be a boomer.
According to the poll:
• Echo boomers (a generation Harris defines as people who are between the ages of 18 and 36) want to be at 38 for the rest of their lives.
• Members of Generation X (people between 37 and 48) want to be 49.
* Boomers (people between 49 and 67) want to be 55.
*Matures (people who are 68 or older) want to be 67.