Millennials Might be Loneliest Generation Alive
The planet might be on the verge of overpopulation, but life has never looked lonelier—at least for millennials.
Despite the fact that we're all connected, new research finds that millennials are the loneliest generation. YouGov conducted a survey involving 1,200 adults (18 years old and above) from the U.S., and the results are too real.
30 percent of millennials in the study said they have no best friends; 27 percent have no close friends; and 22 percent have no friends at all. The bright side is that 70 percent have at least one BFF and almost half of the participants have one to four close friends.
Additionally, 30 percent of millennials feel sad or lonely often (if not all the time). What's even more alarming is that in comparison, only 15 percent of individuals born between 1946 and 1964 feel this way. Baby boomers, we're looking at you.
Though the research doesn't pinpoint a single reason for our loneliness, they do reference a couple of other studies about the Internet and social media, our eternal frenemies. For example, a study from the University of Pennsylvania found a link between social media use and "decreased well-being." Psychologist Melissa G. Hunt explains, "Some of the existing literature on social media suggests there's an enormous amount of social comparison that happens. When you look at other people’s lives, particularly on Instagram, it's easy to conclude that everyone else's life is cooler or better than yours."
Her advice? Log off once in a while: "When you're not busy getting sucked into clickbait social media, you're actually spending more time on things that are more likely to make you feel better about your life."
If that's not a sign, then I don't know what is. Looks like it's time to log off, folks.
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.