More Than 3 in 5 Americans Are Lonely

Loneliness is almost an epidemic in our culture, which should provide a door for us to reach out to people where they are hurting. And it looks like where we work could be a great place to make connections.

Most Americans Are Lonely, And Our Workplace Culture May Not Be Helping

More than three in five Americans are lonely, with more and more people reporting feeling like they are left out, poorly understood and lacking companionship, according to a new article. Workplace culture and conditions may contribute to Americans’ loneliness.

And loneliness may be on the rise. The report, led by the health insurer Cigna, found a nearly 13% rise in loneliness since 2018, when the survey was first conducted. …

Pervasive loneliness “has widespread effects,” says Bert Uchino, a professor at the University of Utah who studies relationships and health. It’s strongly linked to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. …

The report found several factors that were linked to increased feelings of isolation in 2019. Loneliness appeared to be more common among men. The survey found 63% of men to be lonely, compared with 58% of women.

Social media use was tied to loneliness as well, with 73% of very heavy social media users considered lonely, as compared with 52% of light users. …

“In-person connections are what really matters,” says Doug Nemecek, chief medical officer for behavioral health at Cigna. “Sharing that time to have a meaningful interaction and a meaningful conversation, to share our lives with others, is important to help us mitigate and minimize loneliness.”

Read the whole article here. And if you were thinking about joining a Connection Group or signing up for a Triad, it might be a good idea.

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