Video: Things to do before you’re 25: Eat a tub of Nutella in one sitting

So according to the ‘Travels of Adam’, you should eat a tub of Nutella in one sitting before you turn 25.

Obviously this isn’t something we’d advise doing on a regular basis as it may end up in you becoming 25 stone when you’re 25. But here we go, this is me eating a tub of Nutella in one sitting. Enjoy.

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Which countries are suffering from a quarter-life crisis?

Following on from our earlier post on how it is not just Britain that is suffering from a quarter-life crisis due to poor levels of youth employment. We thought we would ask our good friend Google which countries are suffering from a QLC the most. The results are quite surprising.

According to Google Trends there is in fact a number of other countries who are suffering from QLCs. However, what is surprising is that the country who searched for quarter-life crisis the most was not in fact the US or the UK – it was the Philippines. As you can see from the graph below, the Philippines have been using the search term ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ three times more than those in second place, the US. With Makati City being the place in crisis the most, closely followed by Quezon City and Manila.

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Youth unemployment has been rife in the Philippines, specifically over the years of 2009 – 2012 where unemployment among people aged under 30 averaged 74.825 million people over the four years, a rate of 12.65% – that’s a rate of one in eight people under the age of 30 being unemployed.

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However, as our graph shows Google’s data stretches back to 2005 therefore meaning that whilst unemployment hit it’s peak during the years of 2009 – 2012, the Philippines youth unemployment rate has been steadily decreasing over the last two years. A trend that has come about through the rise in part-time work becoming more readily available for the youth population in Philippines

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Are you really suffering a Quarter-Life Crisis?

In order to understand whether people are really suffering from QLCs we decided to launch our own poll via SurveyMonkey.

The topic of QLC has been popping up all over the place these last few weeks. As mentioned in our earlier post it’s showing up everywhere. From the Guardian to Buzzfeed, everyone is going on about it. But it’s all well and good reading about it, but the big question is – are people really suffering from it? In a quest to find out, we conducted a QLC related poll.

Out of our 43 respondents we discovered some rather interesting things, such as the fact that over 80% of respondents have had financial worries at some point over their life. Whilst financial worries are only a minor component in what can cause someone to have a QLC our statistics show some interesting finds, but rather than going on about it how about we let you look at it yourself?
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As you can see, most of our respondents fall into the age group that encompasses QLC (18-30), with one anomaly. 

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Most of our respondents have been to University (over 70%).

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Whilst only 46.51% of respondents are in employment, uh oh…

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With two thirds of respondents saying that they have been worried about finding a job after finishing education.

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Over 80% of respondents feel the struggling UK economy is playing a part in their struggle to find employment.

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A surprising number of respondents claim to have suffered from a QLC at some point in their life, with one respondent who chose ‘Other’ stating ‘I am having a crisis, but I don’t want to put a label on it such as Quarter Life Crisis’.

But what does it all mean?

Whilst our survey was taken by a small number of people it does show that QLC is a real thing affecting real people, and that it isn’t just media hysteria or a new term coined by psychiatrists to allow people to feel a bit better about themselves. We’ve also discovered that three main problems arise during young people’s lives – trying to become financially self sufficient, trying to find suitable housing and trying to find a job after finishing education. We can also take away from our survey that regardless of your education level people will suffer from a crisis in one form or another. So the best thing to do is just keep going and hope that things will turn out alright in the end as unfortunately there’s not a great deal else you can do. Especially in a time of austerity and a shrinking job market. So good luck guys, and keep safe.

Live Blog: The Graduate

Mike Nichols’ classic film ‘The Graduate’ was on ITV3 yesterday, and after our last post mentioning it, we thought you guys would be watching it. The film is regarded as one of the first on screen depictions of QLCs and shows the main character Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) struggling to understand what he should do with himself after graduating university.

So rather than considering doing a post-graduate degree or learning a new skill, Ben decides the best thing to do in a time of austerity and a struggling job market is to sleep with Mrs. Robinson. Queue drama.

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.”

 

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Here is what some of our friends on Twitter were saying about The Graduate. As you can see, it was pretty popular and one of the lovely tweeters points out that Mrs. Robinson is quite the foxy lady.

 

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So as you can see, we weren’t the only ones slightly confused by how The Graduate can help guide you through your QLC as it seems that the only life tips we can take away is that sleeping with older women doesn’t make you happier or any more employable. However, we thoroughly enjoyed watching it and we’d recommend you do the same.

Can dating apps help cure a Quarter-Life Crisis?

In our latest podcast we discuss whether dating apps, such as Tinder, can help make QLCs that little bit easier.

Image courtesy of trendblog.net

Image courtesy of trendblog.net

In an attempt to wade through the world of Plenty of Fish, Tinder and OkCupid! we speak to Eve Simmons of Apphrodite – a new and exciting blog exploring the realms of dating apps. In the podcast we discuss whether dating apps really are helping people, why they’re using them and what you can do to avoid being the perpetually single one amongst your friends. Have a listen and we hope you enjoy our pearls of wisdom.

Is life harder now than it was for other generations?

A big theory on why so many of us are going through a Quarter Life Crisis is because of the tough financial times of the modern era.

Over the last 16 years the average household income has increase 11.7% (from £20,169 to £22,524), whilst the Consumer Price Index (CPI – a figure which measures the relative price of consumer goods and services purchased by normal households) has increased 58.9% over the same period of time. This shows the way in which the average standard of living has fallen significantly over the last 16 years, and could possibly be a major reason why so many of us are struggling to cope with the trials and tribulations of modern day life.

All figures have been taken from the ONS.

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Year Average Annual   Earnings CPI
1996 £20,169 68.307
1997 £20,393 70.45
1998 £20,720 72.865
1999 £21,389 73.988
2000 £21,719 76.176
2001 £22,448 77.526
2002 £22,778 78.818
2003 £22,843 81.098
2004 £23,147 83.513
2005 £23,541 85.871
2006 £23,883 88.615
2007 £24,041 92.414
2008 £24,683 96.082
2009 £24,036 95.589
2010 £23,504 100
2011 £22,970 105.207
2012 £22,524 108.56

Has Disney ruined your life?

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to state that the heart-warming films of Walt Disney have pervaded every aspect of every single human being on the planet’s childhood.

The entire male population of Asia has, at some point or another, aspired to ride a magic rug and trap a parrot in a gravy boat. Every self-respecting Englishman has dreamed of possessing the style and wit of cheeky chimneysweep Dick Van Dyke.  All Y-chromosome deficient homo sapiens spend their lives counting the days until a coiffured nobleman carries them off into the hills.

But have timeless classics like The Emperor’s New Groove and Jungle Book 2 had another, more insidious, influence on our lives? Could Disney be responsible for the inadequacy, isolation and dissatisfaction we feel as we emerge, like Alice from the rabbit hole, into the adult world?

Below is a selection of some of the most egregious lies peddled to us by The Walt Disney Company while we were at our most vulnerable and impressionable.

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#1. If you want something enough it will be yours.

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When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

The idea that the world is governed by a benevolent force who rewards those who “wish” hard enough is a central tenet of the Disney ideology (among others). The concept, however, doesn’t quite hold water in a world of unpaid internships, nepotism and starving artists.

#2. All friendships last forever.


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I wanna call your name, forever
And you will always answer, forever
And both of us will be
Forever you and me
Forever and ever

Yes, in the Disney universe even a friendship forged with an inanimate object is a source of endless laughter and boundless fun. In reality, however, your connection to your childhood friends is limited to scrolling through pictures of them having the time of their lives on Facebook. You, on the other hand, spend your Friday nights in the local with “the guys from work”, taking pictures of yourself pretending to have the time of your life.

#3. All work can be made joyful if you know how.


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In every job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun and snap, the job’s a game

Although whistling while you work may make your desk jockeying days more bearable, you’re likely to receive a pencil in the eye courtesy of a colleague (and you would deserve it). Eating spoonfuls of sugar as you cold-call people would have similar negative effects on your health. In short, lots of areas of work are as joyless as that scene in Bambi and no amount of sing song or tomfoolery is going to change that.

#4. The partner of you dreams is out there somewhere.


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I know you
I walked with you once upon a dream.
I know you
The gleam in your eyes is so familiar a gleam
Yes, I know it’s true
that visions are seldom all they seem
But if I know you, I know what you’ll do
You’ll love me at once
the way you did once upon a dream

Tinder, Grindr and Plenty of Fish have made it easier than ever to meet a sleazy cretin for a romantic pint but they have also made it much more apparent that human beings are terrible and that the idea of “everlasting love” is a hollow sham.

#5. Everything ends happily ever after™.


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We are home
We are where we shall be forever
Trust in me
For you know I wont run away
From today
This is all that I need
And all that I need to say is…
Don’t you know how you’ve changed me

***MAGICAL TRANSFORMATION***

Perhaps the most pernicious of all Disneyisms is that everything always turns out great for the good guys. What a terrible thing to tell children who will grow up in a world of existential despair and Piers Morgan. No Disney princess becomes terminally ill and no handsome prince develops PTSD. Instead, the Dalmatians and the Aristocats come home, Simba becomes king, Sleeping Beauty stops sleeping, the little mermaid stops being a mermaid and the Hunchback of Notre Dame…actually, forget him.

#6. You Can Fly


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You can do what the birdies can
At least it’s worth a try
You can fly! You can fly!
You can fly! You can fly!

You can’t fly.

 

Any thoughts on Disney’s lies? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @QLClueless.