Think about your social life for a minute. What does it look like? How often do you see people outside of your family? What kind of interactions do you have with your barkada?
You probably spend a significant amount of your time on your phone—especially when you have time to kill during your commute. And sure, you probably catch up with your loved ones via Facebook Messenger, but is this the extent of your interactions with them?
Despite the fact that we're all ~*connected*~, new research finds that millennials—that's right, you and me—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. Our parents are happier than us—I mean, good for them, but also, yikes!
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."
Now call that *one* friend you've been flaking on, and set up a date!
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