Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna say they always or sometimes feel alone, and 54% say they feel no one knows them well. Such loneliness is connected to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death. The loneliest group? Young people, especially those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s. They are less likely to have in-person social interactions, which the survey identified as a potential loneliness antidote.
In my opinion, this should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone. teens- to 30-somethings spend too much time in the digital world. Between phones and computers, online games to social sites, normal human interaction is disappearing. The decline of casual conversation in favor of texting is creating generations of people who have little to no social skills. I fear for the future of not only America but of the world if this trend continues.