A new LinkedIn study has found that 72 per cent of the UK’s young professionals have suffered from a quarter-life crisis.
Reported by The Independent, the survey revealed that the quarter-life crises’ were associated with getting on to the property ladder and finding a career you’re passionate about, both at 57 per cent.
46 per cent of those surveyed found the pressure of finding a life-partner to be the most crippling reason for a crisis.
Psychologist Dr Alex Fowke defines the quarter-life crisis as “a period of insecurity, doubt and disappointment surrounding your career, relationships and financial situation.
“This can stem from a period of life following the major changes of adolescence, when a person starts to doubt their own lives and begins to face the extent of the stresses associated with becoming an adult.”
The research states that the average quarter-life crisis lasts around 11 months.
The LinkedIn careers expert Darain Faraz said the experience will largely lead to better things.
“We see the quarter-life crisis as positive, one that enables you to take a step back, readdress the situation and make a positive impact on your happiness.”
Dr Fowke believes the quarter-life crisis has become a bigger issue in recent years due to the substantial pressures younger generations face, especially with social media.
“Nowadays, twenty-somethings are under intense pressure to get themselves onto the housing market, navigate the increasingly complex professional landscape, struggle to maintain relationships and are commonly subjected to a distorted notion of life through social media,” he says.
“Literature suggests that key challenges faced by people aged from between 18 and 35 can include identity confusion, internal conflict (failing to reach the expectations set for themselves) and uncertainty.”