New study reveals the age children actually start morphing into their parents
The great writer Oscar Wilde once said: "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his." By many accounts, he was probably onto something.
After all, it's almost universally true that we all become our parents in at least one way or another; perhaps we adopt their bad habit of putting too much salt on our food, or carry on their enthusiasm for a certain sports team. But how couldn't we, seeing as we grew up with them?
As one new study of 2,000 men and women showed, however, the age at which we start to become our parents is actually more specific than we might have previously believed.
Dr. Julian De Silva, a surgeon at The Harley Street Clinic in London, conducted the research in order to find out when people start morphing into their parents.
By looking at things such as when people start watching the same TV programmes, taking up the same hobbies and adopting the same political views as their parents, Dr. De Silva was able to determine that 33 is the age at which the average person will start mirroring their parents.
"We all turn into our parents at some point in our lives - and that is something to be celebrated," he explained. "Becoming parents is the main trigger, and lifestyle factors are also important."
Indeed, this age makes sense for people who have children of their own, as the average age for new mothers (in the UK, at least) is 30, while the average age for new fathers is 33.5.
The research also showed that, as people age, we start to recognise the similarities in our looks between ourselves and our parents more prominently than before.
"It is an inevitable part of ageing but a process lots of people want to put off for as long as possible," Dr De Silva said. "It is one of the reasons why the average age of first-time cosmetic surgery is coming down for both the sexes too."
Of course, all this evidence is anecdotal, and was based on self-reported beliefs.
According to the survey, 52 percent of people thought they began behaving like their parents between the ages of 30 and 35. 26 percent believed it happened between the ages of 35 and 40, while 10 percent were sure they didn't make the transformation until they were in their forties.
Of course, nobody is totally destined to become their parents. If your folks had bad habits that you want to avoid, there's nothing stopping you from fighting against them. It might be a bit tricky, sure, but - with a little work - you can always shape yourself into the person that you want to be.
On the other hand, if your parents are actually wonderful people, you might want to sit back and let nature take its apparent course. In fact, why not speed up the process? Call them up and ask them what TV shows they're watching right now - I'm sure they'll appreciate it.