Generation Z young people have loneliness

Lonely Snowflakes

The index, which surveyed over 20,000 USA adults, found that almost half of survey respondents reported sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent) and younger generations feel much lonelier than older ones.

The overall national loneliness score was alarmingly high at 44 on a 20-to-80 scale, but the prevalence of social isolation among those ages 18 to 22 raises even more concern.

Researchers surveyed 20,000 adults using the University of California, Los Angeles Loneliness Scale, which has respondents rate how closely they feel about 20 specific statements.

Cigna says it found that social media doesn't play much of a role, though, and people who have meaningful interactions each day are way less likely to say they're lonely.

However, only around half of Americans (53 percent) have meaningful in-person social interactions, such as having an extended conversation with a friend or spending quality time with family, on a daily basis.

On average, about half of respondents scored high feelings of loneliness with 54 percent saying they "always" or "sometimes" feel like no one knows them well, 46 percent reporting sometimes or always feeling alone and 47 percent feeling left out. Fifty-six percent of the people stated that they felt like they were not connected to the people around them.

The people who feel lonely are likely to get a heart stroke or a heart attack.

Cigna said loneliness has a profound impact on workplace productivity, and it plans to convene a group of its clients to discuss steps that can be taken and potential solutions to improve vitality and address loneliness in the workplace.

The most powerful antidotes to loneliness were sleep, family time, physical activity and not overworking.

It has been observed that several young people feel lonely and lack companionship than the senior citizens.



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