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How many times in your life have you said “if only I could turn back time”? But truly, given the chance, would you really go back in time?

It might sound tempting to go back and relive our days as kids or perhaps do that one thing over, but in reality, not many of us actually want to do that.

A recent survey has revealed that the older we get, the less we want to have a time machine to take us back. In fact, only 3 per cent of those aged 65 and older said that they would like to time travel, whereas 10 per cent of those aged 18 to 49 were raring to go.

Senior researcher of the study, Aaron Smith, said that the reason why we feel less inclined to turn back the clock as we get older is linked to our maturity and apathy towards revisiting or rehashing events in the past. We are much more focused on what is ahead of us and making the most of our life.

We’d probably much rather see events well before our time instead of things that have happened to us personally. Wouldn’t you rather see the Earth’s creation or the pyramids instead of your own birth or your first kiss?

A time machine represents science fiction to us over 60s and even the most fanciful of us have given up believing that a time machine will exist in our lifetime. And if it did, it seems most of us wouldn’t be lining up to use it anyway!

Another science fiction invention is teleportation and we weren’t sold on that either when asked. Only 39 per cent of those surveyed believe that scientists will have solved teleportation in the next 50 years and likewise, we don’t really have a need for it anymore, unless it is to see our family or friends.


They say the flap of the butterfly’s wing causes a tornado…so do you believe that altering the past could affect your fate? How would your life have changed if you made one alteration? Would you use teleportation or a time machine? Tell us below.

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  1. Hindsight is a great thing but yes I would REALLY love to go back in time & my original choice of career which never came to be plus travel to all the countries I have never visited!

  2. I would love to have my youth,exuberance and innocence back. But the world has so changed, that maybe I would become depressed in a very short time and lose the last two quickly. So I am happy to be where I am at this point in time, if only for the wisdom I have gleaned over the years.

  3. I’d like to go back to 1950’s at Christmas time when we had our huge Christmas tree with all the cousins aunts and uncles, 24 of us in all it was magic.

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    • I’d like the 50s. Life was simpler then, more carefree and definitely safer. Families were more tight knit, we didn’t sit in front of TV all the time, kids played outside, we knew our neighbours, we could leave the front door unlocked, stores actually provided service and the world in general seemed a happier place.

    • That’s right Judy. We didn’t get TV till early 60’s, we were never inside. I remember mum got some groceries delivered and the delivery man unpacked all the cold items and put them in the freezer and fridge for mum. Sadly can’t do that today.

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      • Anne, we are lucky today to have the groceries packed, let’s not mention anything like service. Although I must admit, our little local supermarket gives very good service. If you go to one of the major chains, I think that you are in front if they don’t throw the canned goods on top of the eggs.

    • But I would want the comfort of shower and inside toilet ( going outside at minus 15 to use the lavatory was not a pleasant time.family life was huge and reunion would see us 15 cousins as 3 had not been born yet,tearing up and down the stairs around the house.the adult providing us with entertainments .

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