Man: Age Change Will Improve Luck on Tinder

A 69-year-old Dutch man, who claims to be a "young god", has launched a legal bid to change his age to 49, with the hope of amassing better Tinder matches. He wants to change his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969.

According to the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, or AD, Ratelband told the court he would be happy to delay his pension benefits for 20 years, as a logical extension of his age change. You can change your gender. Why not your age?

You're only as old as you feel. The man also said he could have a new shot at life, that would allow him to buy a new house or get a new job. "I can take up more work", he said.

"When I'm 69, I am limited". He says that with his youthful face and an age of 49, he would get more dates, possibly with younger women.

Ratelband, a media personality and motivational guru specializing in self-awareness, compares his attempt to turn back the clock to identifying as transgender.

"We can make our own decisions if we want to change our name, or if we want to change our gender".

The judge said that he had some sympathy with Mr Ratelband as people could now change their gender which would once have been unthinkable.

A Dutch pensioner is attempting to legally lower his age in an attempt to bolster his success in finding dates on Tinder.

'For whom did your parents care in those years?

The Dutchman also said he doesn't want to lie about his age on Tinder when trying to meet women and officially having it reduced by 20 years would solve this problem. He said he would be happy to forfeit his monthly pension of around 1,200 euros ($1,879) - a concession he estimates would save almost 300,000 euros ($469,859) over the 20 years he wants shaved off his age.

He told the court that he did not feel comfortable with his age.

The public prosecutor in the court asked whether the ability to change a date of birth in the law would require health inspections in the future, to allow the state to correctly judge someone's "emotional age".

He is expected to receive a verdict in the next four weeks.

Vanessa Coleman