Despite assumptions that older generations are lonely, new research suggests young people struggle the most with feelings of isolation. Balancing between real and digital life has become increasingly tougher too, the study says.
New research suggests that Generation Z are now the ‘loneliest generation’.
It’s believed that the pandemic, lockdowns, an emphasis on digital life, and rising costs of living are having a detrimental effect on the mental wellbeing of young people. New data shows that three times as many Gen Zers suffer with mental health issues compared to 65-74 year olds.
19% of young participants said they often or always feel lonely.
The research was conducted by Eden Project Communities. The detrimental impact of city living on mental health was emphasised especially, with isolation felt hardest by those in dense urban areas.
Loneliness was explored across regions of England and Wales using the 2021 census data.