Author Topic: Average Retirement Age 1900-2010  (Read 1369 times)

Ryancanderson23

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Average Retirement Age 1900-2010
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:00:17 PM »
I came across this graph and thought it was very interesting.  Average retirement age used to be in the 70s up until 1950.  I think we've come to take a lot for granted.

  https://www.statista.com/statistics/319983/average-retirement-age-in-the-us/

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Re: Average Retirement Age 1900-2010
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 01:14:59 PM »
I can't see the data, its behind a pay wall. 

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Re: Average Retirement Age 1900-2010
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 01:19:28 PM »
Life expectancy was really low back then though.

In 1900, life expectancy at birth was 47.  However, if you lived to be 65 you'd expect to live another 12 years (to 77).

So basically, people worked until they died.

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Re: Average Retirement Age 1900-2010
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 01:21:50 PM »
So basically, people worked until they died.
F--- that

Ryancanderson23

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Re: Average Retirement Age 1900-2010
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 01:24:43 PM »
I can't see the data, its behind a pay wall.

Maybe try doing a google search for it.  I didn't pay for the article.  The gist of it is that retirement age was around 75 in the early 1900's and slowly dropped to 65 post 1950.

And as the other poster commented, I take this to mean that people worked until they died.  And if you think about animals and cavemen, its natural to have to work for food and shelter and once you can't anymore you die.

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Re: Average Retirement Age 1900-2010
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 08:10:15 PM »
Yeah I've always thought retirement was a pretty new thing in the history of mankind.  I imagine the majority of people worked until they died or pretty close anyway until the last 100 years or so.

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Re: Average Retirement Age 1900-2010
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 09:26:25 PM »
Or they died when they couldn't work any more.  Much of the world probably still lives like this.

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Re: Average Retirement Age 1900-2010
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2018, 11:00:53 PM »
Believe there are some nuances, in the industrial age people worked like dogs till they died. In remaining tribes and before people had a more balanced work/life way of living.

Cant find the article now but this is close to it : https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/freedom-learn/200907/play-makes-us-human-v-why-hunter-gatherers-work-is-play

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Re: Average Retirement Age 1900-2010
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2018, 11:44:16 AM »
Believe there are some nuances, in the industrial age people worked like dogs till they died. In remaining tribes and before people had a more balanced work/life way of living.

Cant find the article now but this is close to it : https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/freedom-learn/200907/play-makes-us-human-v-why-hunter-gatherers-work-is-play

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TIL I want to be a hunter-gatherer.

From the article: "My reading about life in many different hunter-gatherer cultures has led me to conclude that their work is play for four main reasons: (1) It is varied and requires much skill and intelligence. (2) There is not too much of it. (3) It is done in a social context, with friends. And (4) (most significantly) it is, for any given person at any given time, optional."