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Dispelling the Mid-Life Crisis Stereotype

Mid-Life Crisis Car

So what is the Mid-Life Crisis Stereotype? We have seen it, television and movies have portrayed it, generally speaking this stereotype is cast in the form of a very successful man who is getting on in years and is feeling less than adequate due to hair loss, weight gain or other signs that their lives are nearing the halfway mark or beyond. In the theatrical depictions, these men typically make a large purchase that is unnecessary and only makes them look overall very silly. This purchase is generally a type of sports car, one they may have desired all their lives and have never been able to afford until now.

Because it’s been part of our culture in the movies and on television it must be a true reflection of what actually happens in life right? Not a chance. According to CarMax, who conducted a survey regarding this stereotype, only one in five potential buyers who feel they are experiencing a mid-life crisis will actually choose a sports car. The report also shows seventeen percent would choose an SUV and about fifteen percent would pick a sedan of some sort.

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