Nothing, in my opinion, is a better indication that one considers oneself a complete failure than concealing one's age. Sadly, most people don't understand that it isn't their age that's the problem. It's their unhappiness with what they have made of their lives. Of course, people will say that it's their response to the high value that our culture places on youth. The truth is, however, that they are the ones who keep youth worship in place because of their need to pretend that everything can still change and save them from the dreariness of their lives.