More and more Americans confess that they feel lonely and, according to a recent study, the rate of emergence of this trend is directly proportional to the growth in the number of citizens.
In 2019, about 61% of adults had to be categorized as solitary. In 2018, this was 54 percent. The source of the data provided is Cigna’s 2020 Loneliness Scoreboard.
According to professionals at this health insurance company, there is a clear correlation between work and loneliness, which is very important because Americans spend an impressive 90,000 work hours of the whole life.
“Adjustments to work specifics, such as wider adoption of technology, more convenient telecommunications, and a fashion for always-on-the-job issues, lead to stress, fatigue, increased social networking and less frequent meetings with friends and relatives,” said Cigna CEO. David M. Cordani in a recent report.
Younger workers are more likely to be socially excluded than their older co-workers, according to a study of working citizens in the 18-22 age group, in other words, Generation Z, as many as 72% sometimes or always feeling lonely. A year ago it was 69%.
Most of those who claimed to have real colleagues who could be contacted for support were among the baby boomers and those over the age of 72. Only 18% of them stated that at work they feel as if they are among strangers.
One of the circumstances that can be a cause of loneliness among young people is the frequent use of social networks. According to a published report, people who tend to spent time on social networks tend to feel lonely and do not have even to ask for somebody’s advice or even help. It is more often than people who do not have this habit. 7 out of 10 hard-core social network users admitted to suffering from loneliness. A year ago, 53% had similar complaints. Of those who turn on social networks only occasionally, barely 51% admitted feeling loneliness.
An interesting fact is the feeling of loneliness is common to both low and high-level employees: more than half of those in the first-generation career and in management positions.
We also need to talk about the relationship between the intensity of communication and the time spent in the company: people who have recently started work (not earlier than 6 months) are more likely to be lonely. Two-thirds of new employees surveyed this acknowledged. Among the citizens who work for more than a decade, only 40% had this feeling.
As for the gender gap, men are more likely to experience social isolation than women. The general sense of meaninglessness, as it turned out, accounts for 40% of the work for men and only 29% for women. In addition, 63% of men indicated that they are facing loneliness. This is up to 10 percent from last year. The same can not be said for women: 58% said they were lonely this year, while last year there were only slightly fewer – 54%
The work environment, seniority or the number of hours worked has no effect on the feeling of loneliness as it turns out.
The data is based on more than 10.4 thousand people who attended to this survey. The information is published now when the louder talk of the United States crisis of psychological problems started. According to Cigna, more than 46 million people have been diagnosed with various degrees of psychological impairment in the US.
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