Many people in their 20s feel under pressure to have successful careers and personal lives before hitting 30, a poll out yesterday found.
Some are planning major lifestyle changes during 2008 because they feel emotionally and financially spent.
And a minority of dissatisfied 20-somethings plan to emigrate abroad, the survey for Gumtree.com revealed.
Of the 1,082 young people questioned, 86 per cent admitted feeling under pressure to succeed in their jobs, finances and relationships before turning 30.
Two in five respondents were worried about their finances, saying they did not earn enough.
And one third (32 per cent) felt pressured to get married and have children by the age of 30.
Many were planning major life changes during this year, with finding a new job the most popular option, followed by moving house.
One fifth (21 per cent) of respondents wanted a complete career change while 18 per cent wanted to go travelling.
And six per cent of the young Britons surveyed were planning to emigrate abroad.
Commenting on the poll's findings, Damian Barr, author of the book Get It Together: A Guide To Surviving Your Quarter-Life Crisis, said: "Not only do today's 20-somethings face serious financial pressures such as student debt, high career expectations and a property market that's out of their reach, they are also having to cope with society's traditional expectations around finding a partner and having children."
The survey of 1,082 people aged 18 to 30 was carried out by researchers Tickbox.