Are Men Self-Conscious About Their Age Too?

An Opinion Piece From a Woman’s Perspective

2 min readApr 25, 2022


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Last week as I was making my way into the grocery store, I overheard a man probably in his 50's outside the grocery store asking another man, who was accompanied by a woman, “how old are you?”

I don’t know what they were talking about that led to that question and if the question was targeted to both the man and woman.

That other man who was probably in his 20's or 30's said he would rather not disclose.

Not long ago I was put in the same uncomfortable situation and asked how old I was by a man.

For a woman, I can rationale why it is inappropriate to ask a woman her age.

For a man, I am not sure. I can only try to put myself in that other man’s shoes and speculate.

If a man ask another man his age, why would he be self-conscious about his age?

Do men share the same insecurities as women?

Aging is part of life, and we cannot stop time and the aging process.

Some men, like some women, try to preserve their youth by concealing signs of aging.

As men age, some men dye their hair to conceal their grey hair and deal with balding either by hiding or treating it.

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That other man who was asked his age, however, had a full set of hair and not a strand of gray hair.

That left me confused. What was he ashamed of?

Based off of his unwillingness to answer the question, I can only speculate that he was probably significantly older than he looks and does not want others to know how old he really was.

If you read this far, thanks for reading! Let me know what you think.




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