Revealed: The age Yorkshire folk '˜find themselves'

Research has revealed the age when people from Yorkshire finally know who they are and feel comfortable in their own skin

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 9:33 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:40 am

28 is the answer - two years younger than the national average.

However, that sense of identity starts to fade at 57, according to new research.

A recent survey has revealed that Yorkshire residents take two years less to find themselves than the average person living in the UK, who finds their sense of self at the age of 30.

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By 28 years of age, the typical person from Yorkshire will have refined their taste in music and they’ll have eight close friends.

35 percent will have cultivated their TV and film preferences, while one fifth will have developed their tastes in literature. 34 percent will know what their fashion preferences are and four in 10 will be at ease driving.

But 32 is the age people from Yorkshire will worry least about what other people think of them.

Despite this, they are concerned they will lose some sense of who they are by the age of 57.

Commissioned by My Nametags, manufacturer of durable stickers and iron-on labels for care homes, the research of 2,000 UK adults found that the biggest fears Brits have about growing old are losing their memories, feeling isolated or forgotten - with 74 per cent fearing they’d become isolated if they were to ever move into a care home.

Two thirds of those polled are worried about close relatives one day living in a care home. Seven in 10 are concerned they would be forgotten by friends and family upon moving into a retirement home.

68 per cent of people said they’d worry about losing some sense of self if they ever were to move into a care home - while 70 percent are worried they’d lose their possessions.

Lars B. Andersen, managing director, said: “For many of us, our sense of who we are – our tastes, preferences and opinions - takes time to develop so it’s understandable that the prospect of losing this is daunting. Particularly for the older generation of our population and those moving into a care home.

“Moving into residential care is a big life change and the thought that you might lose some part of yourself in the process doesn’t make it any easier. In addition to losing your identity, 70 percent of people are worried they might lose their possessions when moving into a care home which is a great concern! Our nametags help these residents maintain their sense of identity and keep hold of their treasured possessions which often hold lasting memories.”

Three quarters of those polled said their belongings reflect who they are as a person.

While 83 percent said they own items which have particular importance to them - including jewellery, photos and keepsakes.

Memories, family and sense of humour are among the things that form our identity according to those polled.

Friends, morals, hobbies and the place where you grow up are also among the factors that shape who we are.

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