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In our society aging is portrayed in a negative way Nobody wants to get older There is a definite stigma associated getting older Getting older is associated with death while being young is associated with life This can be observed in the phrase Over the Hill If one is Over the Hill the metaphor indicates that their life is one a downward slope towards death Many of the birthday cards I observed portrayed aging in this same light The negative connotations that go along with aging can be observed in most birthday cards for people 30 years and older One card that I observed stated on the outside Its not over till its over and on the inside read Its over Happy 30th Birthday This card illustrates how people associates aging with death When one becomes 30 years old it is safe to argue that they receive a new status in society While being 29 years is considered to be young 30 years is considered old Due to this ones status suddenly switches from young to old As people continue to age the older they get the more likely that their status of old will become their Master status A persons whos Master status has been a successful businessman may suddenly change to old when they retire due to the fact that our society views retirees as old Multiple jeopardy can occur when ones status of age is less desirable than their other statuses For example the status of being a woman is often seen as less desirable than being a man but when a womans age becomes another ascribed status such as old multiple jeopardy occurs In light of this new perceived status a 30 year old must adapt to a new role set in line with the roles expectations While having a younger status allows one to be more carefree and irresponsible someone with an older role must abide by a new set
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