October 8, 2014 by Jean
After writing about the role of retiree as an ambiguous one and thinking about the implications of that ambiguity, I’ve found myself wondering if there are areas where we do have clear expectations are about what it means to be retired. As a trained social scientist, my response to this kind of question is to look for relevant data.
I’m hoping for your help in answering this question about our shared social expectations of retirees. Please consider the following two sentence-completion exercises:
- A retired person should ______________________________.
- A retired person should not _________________________________.
How would you complete either or both of these sentences? Please send me as many sentence completions as come to mind for you. Don’t worry about how many other people will agree with your responses; it’s really gut reactions that I’m looking for.
You may share your responses either through a comment on this post or (if you prefer that your response be more private) by using the “contact” link at the top of this page. I will summarize all responses in a later post.
Please share this post with others and encourage them to submit their responses. (The more responses we have, the more useful the data will be.)