Do You Want to Live to 120?

By Ted

According to the U.S. Census projections, by 2050 there will be 400,000 Americans that are 100 years or older!

In fact, due to all the advances scientists have been having with laboratory animals and increasing lifespan, it probably won’t be long until people can opt for treatments that will allow them to live to 120.

But, do people want to live that long?

Pew research recently conducted a survey that explored this issue.


56% of Americans surveyed wouldn’t want the treatments and 69% see the ideal lifespan as 79-100 years of age.

I’m not sure I would want to live to 120.

I love my life, but as a 40 year old, I’m not sure I want to live another 80 years. Does living to 120 mean….

  • I’ll have to work another 60 years?
  • I’ll be alive but spend the last 20 years not being able to do the things I love?
  • I’ll be holding on to this life, but delaying something even better that awaits after death?

The survey also brings up a lot of interesting questions like, will only the wealthy be able to afford this treatment and what will be the societal impacts living to 120?

Read the full survey results here for yourself.

How about you? What are your thoughts about living to 120?


  1. Charles Hill

    It’s quite nice to think about it. But then again, if this happens, aren’t you too tired? 🙂

  2. O.

    I have a 99 year old great aunt that live about 20 miles from me. She is my grandmothers little sister and my grandmother died at 97 in 2003. She lives at home but needs round the clock care.

  3. Jim

    A fascinating survey. Surely quality of life has to be a factor here – mobility, energy, vigor. Not sure if I’d like to totter on for 40 or so years without these.

    The crazy thing is, some countries in the world still have life expectancy of around 45 years (sub-saharan African countries).

  4. Heather

    I want to live exactly to 100. But only if I’m still running, really.

  5. Michelle

    I think the big problem with being able to live longer is that we’ll still get old at the same rate. If they can figure a way to extend my 20s and 30s then I’m in, but who wants to live an extra 40+ years dealing with old age? Not me.

  6. Spectra

    I think it’d screw a lot of things up in the world to have people live that long–there would be no new jobs because people are working longer and not vacating the jobs they had. If the economy continues to suck the way it is now, no one will have SS benefits, so we’ll all HAVE to work until we’re 100 and if health insurance gets any more expensive, we’ll go broke paying for it. That being said, at the rate that people are getting diabetes and other obesity related illnesses now that the majority of the country is overweight/obese, I don’t see it being very likely that most people will live that long.

    • Ted

      Yeah, you are correct. The obesity issue will further increase the chances of this only being for the rich and affluent.