Quarterlife crisis still hitting the headlines

Research first presented at the British Psychology Society's 2011 Annual Conference is still making news. An article in today's (20 July 2012) Mail Online talks about the generation who refuse to grow up.

In the article, Marianne Power talks about 30-somethings who have no career plan, no children and no mortgage. In short, a group of people refusing to grow up. Marianne contacted Dr Oliver Robinson, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Greenwich for comment on this phenomenon.

He presented a paper at the 2011 Annual Conference about his research into the quarterlife crisis. At that time the media were very interested in his work into the 20 and 30-somethings who did not want the mediocre life their parents may have had. Over a year later his work is still being quoted in the news.

Today Dr Robinson told the Society: "There has been a steady stream of media enquiries since the 2011 conference. I believe an article in the forthcoming September issue of Glamour magazine features my research!

"Furthermore, it is featured in a new book by New York Times journalist Robin Marantz Heitzeg - due out any time now.

"This shows that the research, and the concepts in it, are enduring social concerns at the moment, which people really want to keep reading about.

"Much media coverage is 'flash-in-the-pan' stuff, but quarterlife crisis is an enduring interest, which relates to the very serious challenges and confusions that young adults face in terms of making their way in the world right now.
"I now have data on exactly how many people report a quarterlife crisis. Forty-five percent of adults of all ages report having a crisis in their 20s. When broken down into age, more younger people do than older people.

"Seventy percent of those in their 30s report a quarterlife crisis, while 40 percent of people in their 40s and 50s do. This drops down to about 35 percent of people in their 60s and 70s, which is still a high proportion.

"We also have data on what these crises typically entail and their perceived effects. I intend to submit further research to the 2013 annual conference."