If you feel alone most days, you’re not alone in that feeling. A survey of 2,000 British adults found that over half consider themselves “lonely,” largely because they are too busy or shy to socialize with others.
Among respondents, 28% said they don’t have enough time to socialize. Another 33% said they struggle to find friends with similar interests, and over 36% said they are simply too shy. Others blame social media and money problems; 20% said they do all their correspondence online, while 30% attribute their loneliness to lack of money.
Younger British generations seem to experience loneliness more often than the general population. While 52% of all participants admit to feeling lonely at one time or another, that number balloons to 68% of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 24, compared to 41% of people over 55 years old.
The survey, commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society, also found that half of respondents have at least attempted to do something about their constant feelings of loneliness. A full third of participants joined a social group of some kind, and nearly 30% have joined a sports team.
“It’s worrying to see that half of all adults suffer from loneliness and it really does affect all ages,” says RHS Director General Sue Biggs in a statement. “It’s clear from the study that the younger generation are affected by the digital age which has resulted in lack of face to face communication, while older demographics are suffering in silence living alone.”
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SOURCE: Study Finds, Ben Renner