Final Note: Peak Embarrassed

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

Singer/ songwriter Katy Perry portrays an awkward teenager in her 2011 single, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." Researches say you're most like to be embarassed around the age of 17.

In our Final Note for Friday, May 16, I've flashed back to my teenage self: those awkward days when we felt we could do nothing right and mortification lurked at every turn, complete disgrace only a heartbeat away. For me, anyway.

Researchers apparently found the exact age when we're most likely to be embarrassed. "Peak embarrassed," they call it.

17. 2 years of age is that peak point when you're more likely to feel embarrassed by your own actions, according to a 2013 study in the journal Psychological Science.

And that's probably good news for adults, or at least anyone over the age of 17.2 years.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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