The Quarterlife Crisis

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    Midlife crisis used to be for old guys, but young people today have got their own version: “quarterlife crisis.” It is hitting twenty- and thirtysomethings shortly after the enter the real world.

    Author Damien Barr said that a “growing number of 25-year-olds are experiencing pressures previously felt by those in their mid-forties”:

    “Plenty of people are going to say the quarterlife crisis doesn’t exist,” he said. “The truth is that our 20s are not, as they were for our parents, 10 years of tie-dye fun and quality ‘me’ time. Being twentysomething now is scary – fighting millions of other graduates for your first job, struggling to raise a mortgage deposit and finding time to juggle all your relationships.

    “We have the misfortune to be catapulted into a perilous property market. We’re earning more and spending more than ever. We’re getting into debt to finance our degrees, careers and accommodation.”

    He added: “The Depression Alliance estimates that a third of twentysomethings feel depressed.

    “If, as we’re constantly told, the world is our oyster, it’s definitely a dodgy one. Unlike the midlife crisis, the quarterlife crisis is not widely recognised. There are no ‘experts’ to help us. We have no support apart from each other.”

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