Who Wants to Live Forever? Only One in Six Brits, According to a New Poll

By Tom Pritchard on at

One of the things people tend to worry about in life is the fact that it will come to an end. Even if you avoid being hit by a bus, or mauled by a pack of angry football fans, you're going to die eventually. As it turns out not that many British people would change that if they could, with only around one in six admitting they'd want to live forever if the ageing process could be halted.

This finding comes from the latest YouGov poll, done in conjunction with V&A and coinciding with 'The Future is Here' exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The exhibition examines how the British people feel about the future, with visitors beingĀ "guided by a series of ethical and speculative questions to connect the subject matter to the choices that everyone has in their everyday lives." The topic of ageing and possibly living forever is only the first stage of polling, with more results to be released later.

As previously mentioned, only 17 per cent of those polled would halt the ageing process if they could, even if good physical and mental health are guaranteed. In fact 40 per cent wouldn't even want to live past the age of 100, and presumably have little interest in the advances the future might hold. 24 per cent of people would live for more than a century, but wouldn't want to go so far as to be immortal.

Men are more likely to want to want immortality than women (21 per cent to 12 per cent), while the 18-24 year old age group have more interest in living past 200 (13 per cent). Still, only 17 per cent wanted to actually live forever. That's higher among 25-34 year olds (25 per cent and 23 per cent), but much lower among over 65s (5 per cent and 10 per cent).

YouGov split the respondents into six distinct groups during analysis, and found that the one dubbed 'tech disciples' are more likely to want to embrace immortality if it was on offer. They make up 14 per cent of the British population, with 30 per cent claiming they'd want to live forever if they could. They're also more likely to want to live past 200, obviously, with 14 per cent saying yes compared to nine per cent of the whole population. In line with the other findings this group is male dominated (62 per cent), and are a lot more likely to believe technology can find solutions to all of mankinds problems and is a force for good. They majority also feel they have the power to shape the future and feel they have a good idea on the things and people that drive society. So the Elon Musks, Howard Starks, and so on.

There's probably a lot you could do with ever-lasting life, assuming you don't get knocked down by a rogue cyclist or eaten by a pack of rabid dogs, but I imagine it'd get pretty goddamn boring as well. Who wants to live forever if you've got nothing to do?