The Quarter-Life Crisis Is Another Thing to Worry About Now, I Guess

November 20, 2017

10:50 am

Are you between the ages of 25 to 33? Congrats, you’re at risk. The quarter-life crisis is, perhaps unsurprisingly to anyone following the news this year, a thing now.

Anxiety about the future is sky high among the younger crowd, including millennials and Gen Zers, and LinkedIn’s latest study has dug into how those anxieties are creating a new life crisis on top of the midlife one we all know and love.

75 percent of 25-33 year olds have experienced a quarter-life crisis.

Three-quarters of 25 to 33 year olds have experienced a quarter-life crisis. I’ve certainly written trend pieces on smaller percentages.

The number comes from a recent LinkedIn survey, which also provided a rundown on just how we got here.

“While most people have experienced a quarter-life crisis, what exactly is causing this anxiety? Sixty-one percent say finding a job or career they’re passionate about is the number one cause. Another top reason is comparing themselves to their more successful friends. Nearly half (48 percent) say this has caused them anxiety, with women feeling this even more than men (51 percent vs. 41 percent).”

Other causes of quarter-life crisis anxiety included the search for a life partner, which stressed 47 percent and student debt, which stressed 22 percent. 23 percent of those surveyed had taken a career break.

How to Cope?

So now you know you’re not alone. But how to deal with the quarter-life crisis? Meditation might help. Getting rid of your screentime before bed could help, but good luck with that.

The only long-term solution, however, is to get to a place where you’re comfortable with your bank account, and there’s no easy path to get there. Money anxiety isn’t great for anyone, and it’s a killer for entrepreneurs, who typically need some sort of safety net and support group before they can confidently strike out on their own.

Read more about stressful times and how to deal on TechCo

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He’s based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state’s slogan: “sayWA.” In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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