Apes Suffer Midlife Crises

American VoicesOpinion ISSUE 48•47 Nov 21, 2012

A study of more than 500 captive apes found the primates experienced a decrease in happiness from the end of their childhoods until middle age, at which point their overall mood appeared to steadily improve, mirroring the pattern seen in humans. What do you think?

  • “I always look at apes on TV and think, ‘They really are just like Terry from work.’”

    Dave Wilzbach –
    Insurance Salesman

  • “Well, the kids move out once their genitals swell up and turn red, and then you start thinking to yourself, ‘Will I never achieve anything beyond rudimentary tool use and throwing feces?’”

    Rosanna Amaro –
    Executive Chef

  • “Interesting, but what do apes have to do with us?”

    Gary Henley –
    Air-Conditioning Coil Assembler

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