Millennials. Falling in the age group of 23-38 years, we do most things online. We study, learn new things, work and even look for potential partners using our laptops or smartphones. We are extremely tech-savvy, social media-obsessed and a career-oriented generation that wants instant gratification.
But a recent study confirms that we’re also the loneliest generation when compared to Gen X and Baby Boomers.
The survey was undertaken by market research firm YouGov. They reported that it was filled out by 1254 respondents (US residents over the age of 18) online between July 3 – 5, 2019. And here are the findings.
30% of Millennials often or always feel lonely.
Some of these statistics are deeply concerning. 22% of Millennials have ZERO friends and a whopping 30% have no best friend. But the silver lining is that 49% said they had 1-4 close friends and 19% claimed to have over 50 acquaintances.
When the survey tried to pry further and determine why the generation wasn’t making new friends, 53% cited shyness as the primary reason, 20% said it required too much effort and 14% attributed it to lack of free time. But several experts claim that social media is also a big factor.
New York Post quotes Melissa Hunt (author of a study published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology) saying,
“Here’s the bottom line: Using less social media than you normally would leads to significant decreases in both depression and loneliness.”
Now, what do you say guys, time for a digital detox? Let’s log out, go offline and meet some new people IRL!