Milestone Birthdays Can Bring Existential Crisis, Study Says
Researchers find that as people approach new decades in their lives they make bigger life decisions.By Evan Thomas | November 21, 2014
A new study finds — you’re not getting any younger.
No, really. Researchers at NYU and UCLA found as people approach the next decade in their lives, it can weigh on them. They found data to suggest when people hit that big X-9 — right before they tick over into a new decade of life, that is — they engage in little existential crises and search for more meaning in their lives.
“Because life transitions tend to prompt changes in evaluations of the self, people are more apt to evaluate their lives as a chronological decade ends than they are at other times.”