Despite countless barriers in place to stop affordable higher education or housing, new research suggests a huge number of young Brits are feeling pressure to accomplish milestones in their life such as meeting their life partners or having kids.
Privilege Home Insurance recruited 2,000 people and found 68% felt pressured to tick off various aspects of growing up by a certain age and feeling like they had failed.
32 seemed to be the magic number by which many surveyed thought you should have met 'the one', moved in together, bought a car, your own home and a pet, had children, and travelled on a gap year. Hopefully not all in that one year.
Unsurprisingly the highest scoring life event people were concerned about was buying a house. 37 per cent of participants defined personal success by being able to buy their own home and 19 per cent said they would be disappointed had they not been able to by 31.
27% of people thought they should have met "the one" by 29 and had children by age 31, not leaving much time for enjoying married life with a full night's sleep.
Here are the top 10 "life CV" milestones in order of importance by percentage and the age people feel pressured to have achieved them.
- Bought first home 37%, 31;
- Met long term partner 27%, 29;
- Having children 27%, 30;
- Have a long term career 26%, 32;
- Reached your target wage / salary 21%, 41;
- Own a car 20%, 25;
- Moving in with long term partner 19%, 30;
- Reached your savings goal 17%, 48;
- Being able to afford to go on two holidays a year 17%, 41;
- Being able to drive 12%, 23.
Better get off the internet then.