They are supposed to be the best years of our lives, but many twenty-somethings are actually feeling lonely and overwhelmed. Are we suffering en masse from a quarterlife crisis?
Despite academic success, social status or physical fitness, many young adults crumble under pressure. Students and recent graduates often experience, or know someone experiencing, a personal crisis.
The term ‘quarterlife crisis’ has become more commonplace. However, it is not always clear what the definition is. It begs the question: what is the quarterlife crisis? Is it choice paralysis or something more? And what role do narcissism and social media play?
Not everyone seems able to cope with high societal expectations and demands. Where do these pressures come from? Is there less room for failure? Or are young people nowadays less resilient then they used to be? Is the quarterlife crisis typically a phenomenon of generation Y or has it always been there?
Professor Jan Derksen will look into the causes and possible solutions to the quarterlife crisis in his lecture.