In case you were wondering which generation is the loneliest in America, we might offer the title to Generation Z. A report developed by Cigna, a popular healthcare company, revealed that young people aged between 18 and 22 experienced plenty of feelings of loneliness and inadequacy. You might rush and blame their intense social media use, but this is far from the truth.
Generation Z, the loneliest of all
For this report, Cigna surveyed over 200,000 Americans over the age of 18. They did it by using the UCLA Loneliness Scale, where they can accurately assess how lonely and socially isolated a person feels. After answering some questions, you can get a score between 20 and 80. Whatever is equal or bigger than 43 counts as lonely.
To get a general idea, the overall score for all the participants was 44. This is pretty serious, and young people are those who increase the score. Millennials might be well-known for being lonely, as their score is 45.3. However, the loneliest of all is Generation Z, with a score of 48.3.
Not smartphones are to blame for this intense loneliness
Now, many people might rush and say the intense use of smartphones is to blame. However, the surveyors say these factors have no influence on loneliness levels. There was a small difference in scores between avid social media users and those who said they used it rarely or never.
It turns out social pressure might actually be to blame. Generation Z adults are the loneliest since they feel obliged to do many things at once and keep up with the standards. They feel like they cannot afford taking breaks, as they will no longer be able to achieve something in life.
Such a lifestyle can be an illusion. If they are constantly busy, they feel like they cannot be lonely. However, these intense activities can increase the feelings of isolation, and thus the loneliest generation is the youngest one that should fulfill all the high expectations. Of course, this constant busyness is not an explanation for acute loneliness, but it definitely contributes to it.
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