The Loneliest Generation?

LonelyMore  young people nowadays are reporting loneliness compared to their elders. The details of this study are alarming but the prognosis is even more jaw-dropping  considering it has nothing to do with blood sugar or body weight and everything to do with emotional health.

The mind set of a lonely person is worse, according to researchers, than the physical ailments of heart disease or obesity. It can cause insurmountable stress that is damaging on many levels.

A majority of people in this study said that they feel alone or not included in  events held by friends and family. Participants in the study were in Generation Z, which is considered to be people born between the late 1990s and late 2010s.

Could this loneliness be due to technological pile-drivers of interpersonal connection like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Technology does plant a deep seed of depression, disconnection, and disassociation. Sounds like a recipe for loneliness to me.

Not too long ago, a challenge was presented to people far-and-wide to take a technology vacation. It was phrased in such fun ways like a ‘digital detox‘ or just being ‘unplugged’. It was for the very reason this the younger generation is shown to be lonelier than their older and wiser peersCould you do it?

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