SOCIAL MEDIA IS DRIVING A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC OF LONELINESS AMONG MILLENNIALS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

SOCIAL MEDIA IS DRIVING A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC OF LONELINESS AMONG MILLENNIALS

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
A team of academics from Swinburne University and VicHealth studied 1,520 Victorians aged 12 to 25, and examined their experience of loneliness, asking questions about their symptoms of depression and social anxiety. The study confirmed that loneliness - the biggest driver behind symptoms of depression - has become a global epidemic tied to the rise of social media.

Here's what they found: One in four young people - aged 12 to 25 - reported feeling lonely for three or more days within the last week. Among 18 to 25 year olds, one in three - 35% - reported feeling lonely three or more times a week. We also found that higher levels of loneliness increases a young adult’s risk of developing depression by 12% and social anxiety by 10%, according to the WEF.

Adolescents aged 12 to 17 reported better outcomes, with one in seven (13%) feeling lonely three or more times a week. Participants in this age group were also less likely to report symptoms of depression and social anxiety than the 18 to 25 year olds.

There is some evidence that those who are lonely are more likely to use the internet for social interactions, while spending less time on legitimate interactions.

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