Youth people are busy in mobile gadgets, social media platforms, and other activities like watching web series, watching youtube videos, watching trending videos, etc. But this is the bit truth that youth people are feeling alone. They are feeling loneliness in their life and apart from accepting all this they make themselves busy in all mentioned activities.
Why is loneliness in young adults so prevalent today? Recent research shows that experiencing loneliness in your 20s is near the top of the list of challenges for both Generation Z and millennials. Despite all the latest communication technologies, the relationship between loneliness and young people is growing stronger as many young adults feel a growing sense of isolation.
Although society is more connected than ever before by social media and mobile devices, today’s young people lack the intimacy of face-to-face human interaction—what they call IRL (in real life). As a result, there is a heightened level of isolation and young adults are looking for an understanding of how to overcome loneliness and depression.
Ironically, research on the behavior of these plugged-in generations reveals that technology is a big part of the problem. Indeed, many researchers and mental health professionals believe that the ubiquitous nature of social media and the constant availability of online communication lie at the root of the issue. It seems that virtual connections are preventing more authentic IRL connections.
The UCLA Loneliness Scale is a widely used monitoring survey that has garnered valuable insight about how often a person feels disconnected from others using a 4-point rating scale. People who have higher scores on the UCLA Loneliness Scale tend to have more issues within their friendships and romantic relationships, suffer from physical inactivity, and a higher chance of employment problems, Further, a January 2020 CNBC article concluded that loneliness is on the rise and noted some recent statistics on loneliness.
- 73 percent of Generation Z sometimes or always feel alone.
- 71 percent of heavy social media users reported feelings of loneliness.
In addition, a 2020 Cigna study which surveyed 10,000 adults across the United States, also found that loneliness was at epidemic levels. Below are some of the statistics from the study.
- 71 percent of millenials are lonely.
- 50 percent of baby boomers are lonely.
- 46.1 percent of men are feeling lonely compared to 45.3 percent of women.
When compared to previous generations like the baby boomers, Generation Z and millennials are the loneliest generations in today’s world. Consequently, loneliness in young adults can exacerbate or be a catalyst for depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, which in turn leads to more loneliness. That’s because the symptoms of depression and anxiety, such as low self-esteem and low energy, often prevent people from reaching out to others and engaging in social activities.