How long do you want to live? New research from faculty member Vegard Skirbekk on college students' perspectives

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

In his new article "Living Too Long or Dying Too Soon? Exploring How Long Young Adult University Students in Four Countries Want to Live," Columbia Aging Center faculty member Vegard Skirbekk, PhD, and colleague Catherine Bowen, et al., sought to understand how young people feel about the prospect of living such long lives that we all can now imagine. The results are surprising. For example, men tended to want to live longer than women in each country subsample. Also young people who expressed a preference to die relatively young (< 80 years) were much more likely to use tobacco daily and be physically inactive than their peers.

How long do you want to live?