WHY THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO FEEL LONELY IS ON THE RISE

WHY THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO FEEL LONELY IS ON THE RISE

– Why are young people (16-29) reportedly feeling more lonely than any other age group?

Loneliness is mostly seen among the young people because they are possibly facing ‘new life challenges’. For example, they may be shifting to a location far from their families or relocating to a different place for reasons like getting a new job or education in urban areas. Research also suggests that young people get overwhelmed in making new friends because of shyness, which is unlike adults or children.

– The number of young people who feel lonely is returning to the same levels seen during COVID-19 lockdowns, what could be causing this now?

Ever since covid 19 restrictions came into being, most people learnt to isolate themselves. The trend has affected many to this date, as research shows that people feel lonely both at work and home because their neighbors are acting like strangers. Some reported that they lacked a reliable friend. The rise in cost of living has also reduced instances of socializing and getting involved in recreation activities; great contributors to interaction and socializing, which require spending.

– What can young people do to help combat loneliness?

I recommend the following tips;

Join a local community group

Humans are social beings with brains oriented for connection and social interactions. It is best to counter loneliness by recognizing yourself with a spiritual, political, or religious community to meet people with a similar interest.

Practice creative arts

If you are lonely and stranded about how to handle it, I recommend immersing yourself in arts for relief. You can read a book, listen to music, or watch a captivating film to uplift your spirits. It will not only destruct you but also offer therapeutic requirements.

MS, Durham University
GP

The work of a family doctor includes a wide range of clinical diversity, which requires extensive knowledge and erudition from a specialist. However, I believe that the most important thing for a family doctor is to be human because the cooperation and understanding between the doctor and the patient are crucial in ensuring successful health care. On my days off, I love being in nature. Since childhood, I have been passionate about playing chess and tennis. Whenever I have time off, I enjoy traveling around the world.

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