You’ve heard about the mid-life crisis, but what about the “9-ender” crisis?
Are you about to turn 19, 29, 39, 49 or 59? Then you could be on the cusp of making big decisions, a study has found, with people more likely to make changes when they approach a milestone birthday.
They found that people with an age ending in nine were more likely to make changes such as taking up marathon running or joining a dating site.
Researchers found that men who have an age ending in nine – 29, 39, 49 – were much more likely to register for an extramarital dating site than men of other ages.
The researchers also found that many people entering a new decade tend to engage in ‘productive meaning-seeking behaviours’, such as taking up a new sport. Of 500 people doing a marathon for the first time, 74 were 9-enders – ‘an overrepresentation of 48 per cent’.