15 Ways Millennial Adulting Is Way Harder Than We Expected

Navigating adulthood in the 2020s has been like playing a game of real-life Jenga, with each year bringing a new, unexpected challenge. Did you think adulthood would be easier?

1. Pandemic Perplexities

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The decade kicked off with a global pandemic that turned our worlds upside down. From navigating furloughs to following ever-changing government guidelines, it’s been a wild ride.

2. Remote Work Woes

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While working from home sounded like a dream, it quickly turned into a challenge with back-to-back Zoom calls and the constant battle for decent broadband.

3. Soaring House Prices

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Dreaming of buying a house? With property prices skyrocketing across the UK, especially in places like London, that dream feels more distant than ever.

4. Social Media Burnout

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Constant connectivity was supposed to be a boon, but it’s turned into a battleground of political rants and a never-ending stream of the “perfect” life posts.

5. Economic Instability

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With Brexit shaking up the economy and job markets fluctuating wildly, financial security seems to be a thing of the past. Thank you, austerity.

6. Environmental Anxiety

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As climate change becomes more tangible, the flood warnings, unpredictable weather, and the pressure to reduce our carbon footprint weigh heavily on our minds.

7. Navigating the NHS

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Trying to book a GP appointment feels like a lottery, and waiting lists for treatments are longer than ever. We cherish the NHS, but it’s stretched thin.

8. Political Fatigue

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From Tory scandals to endless Brexit negotiations, keeping up with British politics requires stamina, and the constant drama is more draining than any soap opera.

9. Dating App Disasters

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Dating has turned into a relentless swipe-fest on apps, making us miss the days when you’d just bump into someone at the pub.

10. Retirement Mirage

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Planning for retirement? With private pensions becoming a necessity and the state pension age creeping up, the goalposts keep moving.

11. Tech Overload

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Technology moves at a breakneck pace, and keeping up with the latest gadgets isn’t just for tech enthusiasts anymore—it’s a societal must.

12. Information Overload

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The barrage of news and data at our fingertips can be overwhelming. Figuring out what’s accurate in a sea of misinformation is a daily challenge.

13. The Pressure to Be Perfect

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Instagram and reality TV set high standards for lifestyle, looks, and even home decor, which are exhausting to try to meet.

14. The Gig Economy Grind

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Stable, long-term employment is increasingly rare, replaced by short-term contracts and freelance gigs. Benefits? What benefits?

15. Intergenerational Challenges

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From caring for ageing parents strained by the NHS crisis to supporting children in an increasingly competitive and expensive world, the pressure is mounting from all sides.

Adulting? More Like a Hard Slog

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The 2020s have reshaped what it means to be an adult in the UK, with each year serving up fresh challenges. If nothing else, we’re learning to adapt and keep calm, even if we can’t always carry on.

25 Things You CAN’T Talk About Anymore

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Remember the days when you could freely discuss just about anything without fear of sparking controversy? Well, those days are long gone. In today’s hyper-sensitive world, there are topics so fraught with tension that even mentioning them can lead to heated debates and hurt feelings. 25 Things You CAN’T Talk About Anymore

Stranded: 15 Worst British Cars in History

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Ever had a car that spent more time with the mechanic than on the road? A car that turned every journey into a game of “Will we actually get there?” If so, you might just see a familiar face (or should we say, chassis) in our countdown to the most unreliable British car in history. Stranded: 15 Worst British Cars in History

“Britain Will Become Unrecognizable” – Suella Braverman Spells Disaster for UK Amid Steep Rise in Visas Issued

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Former Home Secretary Suella Braverman has warned that Britain will become “unrecognizable,” criticizing the amount of work visas the Home Office has approved, despite only being removed from her role in November. “Britain Will Become Unrecognizable” – Suella Braverman Spells Disaster for UK Amid Steep Rise in Visas Issued

20 Things From the ‘70s That Are Not OK Today

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Step into the time machine and set the dial to the 1970s, a decade of disco, bell-bottoms, and some rather questionable choices. While the ’70s gave us iconic music and groundbreaking TV, not everything from this groovy era would get a green light today. 20 Things From the ‘70s That Are Not OK Today

20 Best and Worst Universities in the UK

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Navigating the UK university landscape is like deciphering a complex code of rankings, reviews, and reputations to uncover where you’ll not just learn, but truly flourish. Whether you’re drawn to the historic halls of Oxford or the creative buzz of Goldsmiths, finding your perfect fit is about aligning your aspirations with the unique offerings of each institution. 20 Best and Worst Universities in the UK

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