Presentation Title

The Rationale Behind Aging Anxiety

Faculty Mentor

Michael C Harnett

Start Date

23-11-2019 1:30 PM

End Date

23-11-2019 1:45 PM

Location

Markstein 303

Session

oral 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Now, more than ever, people have been surgically enhancing their physical features to maintain a youthful look. This research investigates how fear of aging creates an obsession centered around youth and beauty. Several theories, such as The Theory of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin and The Theory of Social Construction of Reality by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann, are included in this research in order to explain such behavior. Furthermore, this study reviews previous research on aging, self-esteem, body satisfaction, and cosmetic surgery. It also utilizes an observation in which four people were interviewed. Two of the individuals interviewed were over fifty and the other two were under twenty years of age. In addition, two of them were females while the other two were males. The study concluded that fear of aging is a factor in the impulsive need to enhance one’s looks. Overall, the several methods supported the hypothesis; yet, many of the experiments lacked representation of males. Thus, the findings are harder to generalize to include males.

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Nov 23rd, 1:30 PM Nov 23rd, 1:45 PM

The Rationale Behind Aging Anxiety

Markstein 303

Now, more than ever, people have been surgically enhancing their physical features to maintain a youthful look. This research investigates how fear of aging creates an obsession centered around youth and beauty. Several theories, such as The Theory of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin and The Theory of Social Construction of Reality by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann, are included in this research in order to explain such behavior. Furthermore, this study reviews previous research on aging, self-esteem, body satisfaction, and cosmetic surgery. It also utilizes an observation in which four people were interviewed. Two of the individuals interviewed were over fifty and the other two were under twenty years of age. In addition, two of them were females while the other two were males. The study concluded that fear of aging is a factor in the impulsive need to enhance one’s looks. Overall, the several methods supported the hypothesis; yet, many of the experiments lacked representation of males. Thus, the findings are harder to generalize to include males.