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What age would you like to be if you could stop time and live forever in good health? Surprisingly, when asked this question, most people seemed to be remarkably content with their current age.

When naming an ideal age, most Americans between 14 and 44 named a number within 5 years of their current age. “The idea that every one wants to be young and youthful is absolutely not true,� says Humphrey Taylor, chairman of the Harris Poll and Rochester, N.Y.-based Harris Interactive. “Most people pick an ideal age that is not very far from where they are now.�

These findings come from a Harris Poll conducted by Harris Interactive among 2,300 adults nationwide who were surveyed online between September 16 and 23, 2003.

What's perhaps most surprising is that some relatively young people wish they were even younger. Findings from Harris Interactive's YouthPulse survey reveal that it is only up until they reach the age of 20 that kids and teens aspire to be older than they actually are. For a few years in their early 20s, young adults actually aspire to be younger than they are. Maybe that's because, after many of us hit 21, there's no going back to the freedom and financial support we once enjoyed.

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