A new survey has now found the average ages when both men and women start to feel invisible because they no longer garner the same amount of romantic attention.
For women, this happens at around age 45, while for men, it’s 47.
Julian De Silva, a well known cosmetic surgeon from London’s Centre For Advanced Facial Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery, conducted a survey of more than 2000 people, and the results were published in the Daily Mail.
Silva’s survey touches on the dislike of aging and the common physical signs of aging that make people feel less attractive like wrinkles, eye bags, gray hair, and changes in body shape.
The survey links declines in being seen as a “sexual object” in society to feeling invisible.
The results, according to the Daily Mail, showed that a majority of the women surveyed noticed a waning in male attention once they were in the 40s.
46 percent of the women told Silva they wished they could once again experience the same attention that they had noticed in their 20s and 30s.
Growing older also impacted sexual confidence for women, and 43 percent said that getting wrinkles and gray hair, part of the aging process, made them feel less attractive.
The survey showed that men go through similar events when they turn 47.
One in four of the male survey respondents said that the appearance of gray hairs, drooping jowls, and enlarged breast tissue deeply impacted attractiveness.
Silva’s research also linked aging to a decline in photos posted on social media because people are less happy with their looks.
“Whether we like it or not, the age of invisibility happens to both sexes throughout their forties and fifties,” Silva told the Daily Mail. “For women, we found the peak age was 45. We are all living longer and healthier lives and women have never looked better in their 40s but they do feel under increasing pressure to turn back the aging process.”
Interestingly, Silva noted that while women are under pressure to change their looks as they get older, men seem to feel less of that pressure and are more satisfied aging naturally.