Young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 were found to be the loneliest group in the UK in a recent BBC survey. The survey also found that 41 percent of people think loneliness can be positive, people who feel lonely have average social skills, and those who often feel lonely have higher levels of empathy than others.
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18 percent of young adults were found to feel lonely all, most, or some of the time, compared with 11 percent of older people in a 2010 report by the New Zealand General Social Survey. Women were also found to be more lonely than men.
16-24 year olds were found to be the loneliest group by a BBC survey. 40 percent said they often or very often feel lonely. 27 percent of over 75s said the same. A previous ONS study found that women were about 25 percent more likely than men to sometimes feel lonely and depressed as a result of it.
Generation Z -a term which describes those between 18 and 22 years old – were found to be the loneliest in a survey of 20,000 people by health insurer Cigna. It also found nearly half of all Americans self identified as lonely, just over half “always or sometimes felt that no one knows them well” and 56 percent said they sometimes or always felt like the people around them “are not necessarily with them.”
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