No such survey has yet been conducted in Russia, but a recent survey of 900 American adults showed that, in fact, no, people do not want to live forever.
When asked if they would like to take a pill that would allow them to live forever at their current age, only about 33 percent of respondents said yes, according to the study published in the Journal of Aging Studies. Another 42 percent answered “no,” and the remaining 25 percent were undecided.
The results of this survey are surprisingly at odds with the attention given to questionable research and longevity treatments by Silicon Valley tech leaders. If this survey is to be believed, it seems that the average person may be more relaxed about their mortality than those who sell young blood transfusions or other dubious anti-aging treatments, justifying these dubious methods with “people’s desire to live forever.”
But part of the problem, is that respondents were divided roughly evenly into three age groups: the young aged 18 to 29, the elderly with an average age of 72, and an even older group with an average age of 88. Although all three groups responded almost identically, they reasoned differently about at what age they would want to be frozen in cryocapsules if they had a choice.
Both older age groups said that if they were frozen at a certain age, they would want it to be several decades younger than their current age.
This trend is more in line with the results of a similar study, which found that respondents reacted more positively to the possibility of living longer after clarifying that they would be healthy for all that time. In this case, it seems that the idea of being stuck forever in an 88-year-old’s body was not the most enticing scenario.