Viral Twitter Thread Suggests People Aged Faster In The Past
The internet is awash with spurious theories, and it seemed Twitter user Brandon McCarthy was throwing another one into the mixer when he suggested people used to age quicker.
He tweeted: "This is nonsense but did people in the past look older when they were younger?"
Seems like nonsense at first glance - however, it seems many of us thought it made perfect sense, as the tweet was liked almost 10,000 times, with people across the world sharing pictures of family members and celebrities that corroborated the claim:
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Pretty compelling stuff, eh?
It does stand to reason though that people might have aged 'worse' in the past, when sun cream, cosmetic surgery and not smoking were less popular. Indeed, a better understanding of nutrition and medical advancements have helped to increase the average life expectancy, so it would make sense if people looked better for their age comparatively.
That said, this thread is of course comprised of the best examples of people from the past who looked older than their years and doesn't really represent a balanced comparison.
I am in fact the unfortunate living proof* that not everyone ages better these days, as a man born in 1992 who started balding when he was 18 and already looks like a 42-year-old who's been through a rough divorce.
*See bio pic below
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Andy in 2020 vision