Loneliness has increased across America, and younger adults are the loneliest of all, according to a new study.
In May, health services company Cigna released the results of a survey of more than 20,000 Americans 18 and up. The questionnaire included 20 questions from the University of California, Los Angeles’s “loneliness scale,” and researchers put each participant on a standardized index of loneliness based on the person’s answers.
The researchers found several surprising conclusions in the data. Adults 18 to 22 appeared to be the loneliest age group, while adults age 77 and up were the least lonely. Only half said that they experience meaningful in-person interactions on a daily basis.