WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — In the age of social media, people have the ability to connect with other human beings 24/7. And yet, according to pollster Scott Rasmussen, many Americans still say they feel lonely most of the time.
"Twelve percent of Americans, about one out of eight, say they are lonely most or all the time," Rasmussen recently told Circa. "Another 8 percent say about half the time. One of the other things that was interesting about this is that younger adults, people under 35, were far more likely than older folks to say they feel lonely a lot. About a third of people under the age of 35 say they feel lonely about half or most of the time."
Those feelings of loneliness among young people are not a reflection of social activity in that demographic. Instead it is a state of mind that is impacted by a variety of factors.
"It wasn’t a case that older people were out partying all the time and hanging out with good friends and socializing and younger people weren’t," Rasmussen explained. "It could be the fact that when you’re a little bit older, you’re a little more comfortable with yourself, you’re a little more sure of where you’ve been and where you’re going in life, so when you have time alone it may not be as anxiety-inducing.
"It may be dealing with some insecurities on the social scene. We don’t really know what’s driving it but whatever it is, it’s not about having more or less friends, or getting together more or less often with people. Something else is making these younger adults feel lonely."
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