These are when life’s biggest moments happen…
| 14th June 2019
The average age to tie the knot is 26, while buying your first home happens a year later, according to research.
A detailed study of adults found the ages at which life’s special moments are most likely to happen, with your first kiss at 15 and getting your first real boyfriend or girlfriend at 17.
Sadly, this is followed by a first heartbreak at the age of 18.
Music fans will attend their first gig at the age of 16, while thrill-seekers will experience their first rollercoaster ride when they are just 12.
It also emerged 73 per cent like to document their special moments with photos or videos, with 36 per cent admitting they spend hours scrolling back through social media to re-live good times.
Melissa Bentley, marketing manager for French bakery brand, Brioche Pasquier, which commissioned the research, said: “Many of us can still remember big life events, even if they happened decades ago.
“First loves, first jobs, and our first beers are all imprinted on our memories – even if sometimes we can’t remember where our glasses are today.
“But even though memory is a great way of capturing these times, having them in photos and videos is really great to relive some of the key moments of our lives.”
The study also found that people go on their first flight at 14 and on their first holiday without their parents when they’re 20 years old.
They’ll also first move out of their parents’ home at the age of 21 – the same year they’re likely to pass their driving test.
Other key life milestones include learning to ride a bike by the age of seven, mastering swimming the year after and joining their first sports team at 11.
Adults are also likely to have their first child at the age of 28, and upgrade from their first home when they’re 31.
It also emerged one in three feel their best life moment was the birth of their first child – with just one in ten selecting their wedding day.
Another 46 per cent spend ‘a lot’ of time reminiscing about the past, according to the OnePoll.com research.
During the average week, they’ll photograph or video five events that may or may not become a special memory in years to come.
Four times as many people prefer to capture a special moment in a photograph, than on a video.
Nearly one third of people only keep social media profiles on Facebook because of the photos, videos and other memories from the past.
And three in 10 believe if they don’t record a special moment on film, they’re likely to forget it.
Three quarters of people also regret not keeping more solid evidence from special events in their lives so far.
Melissa Bentley added: “Whatever the special moment and whenever a person experiences it, it seems that a lot of us choose to honour the occasion in the form of a photograph.
“And it’s now even easier with most of us people able to reach into our pockets and capture it on our smartphones.
“This summer, that is exactly what we’re asking members of the public to do.
”Share your images of your special moment with us and our favourites will have the chance of winning amazing prizes”.
To enter the Brioche Pasquier #shareaspecialmoment competition and be in with a chance of winning a family holiday worth £2000, visit https://www.bakinglifesspecialmoments.co.uk/ and upload a photograph of your family special moment.
SPECIAL MOMENTS – BY AGE
To make your first friend – 5
Learned to ride a bike – 7
Learned to swim – 8
Joined a sports team for the first time – 11
Went on a rollercoaster – 12
Flew on a plane – 14
Broke a bone for the first time – 14
First kiss – 15
First concert – 16
Went on first date – 17
First ‘real’ partner – 17
First part time job – 17
Fell in love – 18
Heart was broken for the first time – 18
First full time job – 19
Decided what to do when you grow up – 20
First pay-rise – 20
Went to university – 20
Went on first holiday without parents – 20
Passed driving test – 21
Moved out of parents house for the first time – 21
First road trip with friends – 21
Learned how to iron clothes – 23
Learned to cook – 23
Owned first car – 23
First promotion – 23
Quit a full time job for the first time – 23
Got fired – 24
Learned to garden – 24
Got first credit card – 24
Got engaged – 25
Got married – 26
Mowed own lawn – 26
Found sense of style – 26
Got own pet – 26
Bought first house – 27
Hosted first dinner party – 27
Became an uncle or aunt – 27
Had first child – 28
Started a business – 30
Upgraded to a bigger house from first home – 31