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More Habits That Prematurely Age You

A study in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine, as reported by the AP, reports four behaviors that, in combination, age people by as much as 12 years. Unsurprisingly, the bad habits are smoking, regular drinking, lack of exercise and not eating enough fruits and vegetables.

But the Yahoo buzz headline, "Habits that can age you by 12 years," initially sent me in a completely different direction. I was thinking more along the lines of "jacking your pants up too high," or "calling people Sonny" or "using the phrase 'in my day...'" More modern examples might include "sending handwritten notes" or "writing checks in the grocery store line." So, since we're all pretty clear that the officially aging behaviors are detrimental, indulge me. What are some more habits that artificially age your friends and family?