WHEN the topic of loneliness is discussed, the typical image that comes to mind for most is an elderly person living on their own. But a major new study of 55,000 people across the world has revealed while this is undoubtedly a very real issue, it is actually young people who feel the most lonely in society.
The BBC Loneliness Experiment found 40 per cent of 16-24 year olds reporting they often or very often feel lonely, compared to 27 per cent of over-75s. It also found that people who feel lonely often have more Facebook friends, suggesting that social media usage could be a factor in loneliness.
While considerable strides have been made in tackling the issue since The Yorkshire Post launched its award-winning loneliness campaign more than four years ago, particularly with the appointment of a Minister for Loneliness earlier this year, it is clear the issue is still very much a sad reality of modern life for people across the generational divide.