Now seeing how you will look in the future is not just theoretical anymore.
Merrill Edge (Merrill Lynch investing + Bank of America banking) has an online digital program that shows how you will look aged over time.
They developed this as tool to encourage people to save more money for retirement by bringing home the message that you will not be young (and beautiful) forever.
The Face Retirement tool asks for your age and gender, takes your picture, and then displays snapshots of how you will look over the course of your lifespan.
I tried it and my smiling face was quickly tranformed into an old man with sagging skin, wrinkles, and more.
My wife seeing those pictues says to me (even though we already save for retirement), “We better really start investing seriously for retirement!” — gee, thanks! 😉
And thanks Merrill Edge, you scared us straight(er) by looking at our own mortality, face-to-face.
(Source Photo: here with attribution to Judy Baxter)