Seventeen years old is the age when our creativity peaks, according to a survey by leading stationery brand BIC. Similarly people from Derbyshire think that their creativity peaks at 19 years old.
After this, British adults let their creativity die with a staggering 63 per cent of those over 30s claiming their talents have fallen by the wayside. By contrast, of those surveyed in Derby, nearly a third of people said that creativity crumbles between the ages of 20-30.
Researchers took a detailed look into the nation's creative talents, aspirations and regrets – and revealed one in five Brits over the age of 30 had a talent as a youngster that they now regret not pursuing into adulthood.
Only 11 per cent admitted they weren't that talented even as a child. Of those surveyed in Derbyshire, 42 per cent admitted that they did have a talent and regret not pursuing it.
Furthermore, 95 per cent of people from Derby admitted that they had never pursued a creative career, however if they had, nearly half of those surveyed would have chosen to be a photographer, unlike in Newcastle where 16 per cent of people would have chosen to be an author.
Of the 1,500 people questioned, 17 per cent said they excelled at drama and dancing and 34 per cent still dream of treading the boards as performer. Nearly a quarter, cited strong story-writing and artistic skills as two of the talents Brits have failed to develop.
Twenty-one per cent boasted they used to be able to play a musical instrument to a high standard or possessed a great singing voice. Comparatively, nearly a third of people from Derby said that they could write stories really well, unlike a third of those from Cambridge who boasted that they could draw very well.
Busy lives, hectic schedules, and family commitments were hailed as the main excuses for not pursuing a creative career. More than a third felt they just weren't good at it anymore, the poll by BIC found.
Advances in technology might also play a role, with a staggering 85 per cent saying they are much more likely to reach for their phone or tablet than pick up a pen to sketch or write. Of those surveyed in Derby, the figure was slightly higher with 89 per cent reaching for their phone. The age group where this was most clear in was 18-44 years in Britain, with only 12 per cent picking up a pen in favour of a smart device.
Joanna Hollins, head of marketing for BIC who conducted the research said: "It's a shame that so many adults who harboured talents as youngsters haven't pursued them in to adulthood. We believe it's really important to support the next generation of writers and artists, which is why we launched the BIC Write and Shine competition, to give a young songwriter a foot in the door of the music industry."
The BIC Write and Shine competition asked budding songwriters aged 13 to 24 to hand write their own original song and received hundreds of entries.
Eighteen-year-old Lily Finlay from West Yorkshire took the prize – which includes working with platinum-selling music producer, Andy Whitmore (whose previous collaborations include Elton John and Atomic Kitten) and perform on the main stage at The Big Feastival on Saturday 26 August - with a song she wrote aged 13, two weeks after getting her first guitar and teaching herself to play.
Ms Hollins said: "Lily will need to nurture her talent if our research is anything to go by, but it was encouraging to see hundreds of youngsters aged between 13-24 years old, picking up a pen and letting their creativity shine."
Of those questioned in Derby who had children, 91 per cent felt it is very important to let their children express themselves creatively and only nine per cent admitted they don't currently encourage their kids' creativity, but could push them to do more.
Ms Hollins said: "While it is easy to understand how the daily grind and our busy lives take over, if you genuinely have a gift for writing songs or stories, drawing or playing an instrument, it should be encouraged. It would be great to see more than 28 per cent of the population trying to pursue a career that cultivates their talent."