Half of 16- to 24-year-olds have felt lonely during the pandemic

22 July 2020

Young people aged 16 to 24 are more than twice as likely (50.8%) to have experienced ‘loneliness lockdown’ as those aged 55 to 69 (24.1%), revealed a survey of more than 5200 adults in Great Britain.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carried out an analysis of loneliness in Great Britain during Covid-19 from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey between 3 April and 3 May.

Of those asked, 30.9% – the equivalent of 7.4 million adults – reported their wellbeing had been affected through feeling lonely in the previous seven days.

Those feeling lonely were also more likely to say they felt unsafe or very unsafe in their home – which may indicate concerns about the local community, or concerns within the home – such as domestic abuse, the report said.

7.4 million adults reported that feeling lonely had affected their wellbeing in the previous seven days

‘Lockdown affected everyone, but responses differed,’ said Dawn Snape of the sustainability and inequalities division at the ONS. ‘Lonely people were more likely than others to be struggling to find things to help them cope and were also less likely to feel they had support networks to fall back on.’

See our feature on mental health, here.

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