From H.G. Wells to "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," the concept of time travel has been with us for well over a century—if only in science fiction. What if it were to become fact, though?
A recent nextavenue.org article suggests that boomers would be less enthusiastic about time-hopping than their younger counterparts ("Why Boomers Don't Really Want to Time Travel," January 2015).
Citing a survey from the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine, the article reveals that just 3% of over-65s would go back or forward in time, if given the opportunity. That compares to 10% of people in the 18-49 demographic.
We can only guess why boomers are less keen to visit a different time:
Research suggests that lifetime happiness follows a U-curve, with a lull in the middle (also known as the mid-life crisis). A recent Atlantic article ("The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis," November 2014) cites U.S. Gallup Poll data showing that people in their 90s rate their level of life satisfaction around 8.5 (on a scale of 1 to 10), while those in their late 40s and early 50s rate theirs at a paltry 7 (the lowest number for any age group).
If you could jump into such a machine, where in time would you choose to go?