Something techies pay to feel young

Does 30 signal old age? In tech, the answer might be yes. Just ask the 30- and 40-somethings who have attended Modern Elder Academy, a luxury retreat in El Pesca-dero, Mexico, that costs $5,000 (Rs 8.5 lakh) for a weeklong program.

Founded by Airbnb veteran Chip Conley, Modern Elder caters to workers in tech who feel their age can’t keep up with the growing pace of technology, according to a profile of the retreat by k The New York Times.

“The conventional wisdom is that tech jobs require a limber, associative mind and an appetite for risk both of .which lessen with age,” Bowles wrote. “As Silicon Valley work culture winds up American work culture, these frames of mind are spreading to all businesses.

“More workers are finding themselves in the curious position of present-ing as old while still being — technically, actuarially 7— quite young,” Bowles continued. “And Modern Elder sees a business opportunity in selling them coping workshops, salt-air yoga, and access to a shaman.”

“Individuals feel insignificant more youthful, particularly in spots like Silicon Valley,” Con-ley, age 52, told Bowles. He came up with the idea after his younger Airbnb coworkers started calling him “the elder.”

According to market research firm Statista, the median age at four of the top tech companies in the US, including Facebook and Linkedin, falls in the late-20s range. At another ten, including Google and Amazon, the median age of workers ranges from 30-35, Business Insider-previously reported.

Tech workers in their 20s are worshipped, while “those in their 30s are tolerated, Business Insider’s Julie Bort wrote. According to Bort, older workers fall into a trap where their skills get outdated over time. The same can even be said of millennials.

Guests have to apply and are accepted to partake in Modern Elder’s program. Exercises — some of which come at extra expenses — incorporate intelligence circles, shoreline reflection, care classes, horseback riding, and surfing exercises.

Modern Elder’s website says it aims to reframe the mind and help guests navigate the midlife: It’s well-being for the brain. As its site trademark peruses, “Develop entire, not old.”

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