Wouldn’t it be nice to know when you’re most capable to do various things throughout your life? Of course it would, but instead, we tend to learn this information in hindsight. To jump ahead of hindsight, though, Business Insider recently took a look at various studies over recent years to determine where we peak at various points in our lives, stretching from ages seven to 90. We’ll unload the bad news first: according to research, if you’re old enough to read Playboy, you’re probably well past the ideal age to learn a second language.
WHEN IT’S EASIEST TO LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE
Though still debated, it’s been noted that pre-pubescent children are best suited to learning a second language. After this age, researchers have found the odds of learning a second language to lessen considerably, no matter how often subjects practiced.
WHEN WOMEN ARE VIEWED AS MOST ATTRACTIVE
In Dataclysm, a book written by OkCupid’s cofounder, the author found that men, based on data from his website, tend to find women in their early 20s most attractive. (No surprise there.) Even as men grow older, their age preferences remain the same. Women, on the other hand, liked men who are a year or two older than themselves and women in their 30s were the opposite, opting for men a few years younger.
WHEN YOU’RE PHYSICALLY STRONGEST
Research has found that your muscles are strongest when you’re in your mid-20s, though they’ll remain nearly as powerful for the next 10 to 15 years.
WHEN YOU’RE BEST SUITED FOR A RELATIONSHIP
By age 26, research has determined you’ve met enough people to effectively weigh your options in terms of who’s your soulmate. Additional research found that divorce rates are lowest among those who marry between 28 and 32 years old.
WHEN YOU EARN THE MOST MONEY
According to research from Payscale, women earn their most brag-worthy income just before they hit the big four-oh, with a median wage of $60,000. Men, on the other hand, tend to reach their financial peak a decade later in life, but their median rage is considerably higher, around $95,000.
WHEN YOU’RE MOST IN TOUCH WITH OTHERS’ EMOTIONS
By gathering 10,000 people and showing them images of subject’s eyes, those in their 40s and 50s proved most effective at correctly identifying these people’s emotions when asked to describe what the person was feeling.
WHEN YOU’RE MOST ARTICULATE
After analyzing scores on vocabulary tests, researchers found that those in their late 60s and early 70s performed best across the board.
WHEN YOU’RE MOST CONFIDENT ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK
A Gallup survey found that 75 percent of Americans over 65 say they “always” feel good about their physical appearance, which, considering the droopier state of your body around that time, is kind of surprising. Men in particular tend to boast this confidence a little later in life than women, with the form being most confident in their physical appearance in their early 80s.
WHEN YOU’RE WISEST
When researchers asked people to read about a particular conflict and proceeded to ask various questions about the situation to determine their knowledge concerning someone else’s point of view, how they anticipate change, their ability to consider multiple turnouts and searching for compromise, they found that the oldest group studied, who were between ages 60 and 90, performed better than any other group in almost every aspect of the proposed conflict.