Report Finds Americans Feeling Lonely, and Generation Z Is the Loneliest (Study)

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According to a new study, many Generation Z members feel lonely and alone.

 

According to a recent survey, the American population is battling with an increasing wave of loneliness. The results also claim that people categorized as being Generation Z are amongst the loneliest people.

In a world where technology and social media can connect people across long distances, one may think that the younger generations would feel less alone. However, that is not always the case. Also, the research team claims that social media platform are not the sole cause of this loneliness.

It is reported that nearly half of the 20,000 people surveyed as part of the study are feeling lonely. The participants explain this as a feeling that ‘only a few people know them well and that they get left out quite often’.

 

Why the Loneliness, and Especially Among Generation Z?

 

While Generation Z members reported feeling most alone, people aged 75 and older returned the smallest such percentage. Regardless of what is causing the loneliness, young people are suffering.

Research also indicates there might even be adverse health impacts attributed among those who identify as feeling left out. This feeling, as well as being alone on a regular basis can cause stress. They might also increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and in extreme cases, could also lead to more life-threatening problems.

Still, all is not lost as there are ways to combat the feeling of being alone. Keeping busy with work (but not overdoing it) can help a person diminish such an emotional state. People that keep themselves occupied tend to report fewer such states.

Additionally, face to face interactions have been found to reduce the feelings of being uncared for as well as alone. Social media networks are a great way of keeping in touch and communicating fast and easy. However, an effective way of reducing loneliness is to actually talk and meet up in person.

The study did not find a direct correlation between the use of technology and feeling lonely.  However, it does consider its widespread use as being a significant factor.

Specialists from the health insurer Cigna conducted this research. It targeted all generations, which led to its discovery that the younger ones are the most affected by loneliness.

While the term millennials is used to describe the 23 to 27 years old age group, young adults in between 18 – 22 years old are now categorized as being Generation Z.

 

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