At 50, people are at their competitive best

At 50, people are at their competitive best

Indeed, it is ­actually the point in our lives where taste for competition is at its stro­ngest, the Daily Express reported.

The findings, published in the journal Psychology and Aging, contradict the assumption that most people thrive on competition in their teens, twenties and thirties, before it subsides with age and declining testosterone levels.

Scientists, found that the competitive streak gets bigger, peaking at about 50.

For the study, American psychologists at the University of Oregon got hundreds of volunteers aged from 25 to 75 years to solve maths equations.

They were given the choice of playing on their own or taking on a rival with a cash incentive for the winner to assess their taste for competition.

Almost 70 percent of men aged 45 to 54 chose to go head-to-head with a rival.
But only one in three women fell in that category.

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