The Economist reports on a study [PDF] that indicates that most workers hit their performance peak in their 30s, and it’s downhill from there.

Since I turn 40 this year, I take notice of such things.

The one glimmer of hope is that

Other abilities—those that depend on knowledge, such as verbal abilities—may improve with age. One study, carried out in Seattle, suggests that verbal fluency peaks at 53, on average.

Whew.

[To the tune of Radiohead, “Lucky,” from the album OK Computer.]