America has a loneliness problem, especially among young people.
The health insurer Cigna recently conducted a survey on loneliness in the United States.
In the final report, about half of the 20,000 respondents said that they struggle with loneliness—specifically, “sometimes or always” feeling alone or left out.
The study also found that two out of every five respondents felt isolation, a lack of companionship, or a lack of meaning in their relationships.
According an NPR article on the survey, these results echo past reports on loneliness in America.
Other reports have found that “20 to 43 percent of Americans report feeling lonely or socially isolated.”
As the NPR article notes, loneliness is generally associated with elderly individuals who are isolated from busy or distant family members.
Surprisingly, however, the generation most prone to loneliness and its associated effects seems to be Generation Z, those born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s.
The study says that this generation, on average, ranked higher on the loneliness scale than any of the previous three generations.
Meanwhile, the Greatest Generation, those who are over the age of 72, average the lowest loneliness scores.
Although the Cigna survey found no such correlation, past studies suggest that loneliness among the young correlates with screen time and social media usage.
This past research shows that “people who spend less time looking at screens and more time having face-to-face social interactions are less likely to be depressive or suicidal.”
Everyone struggles with loneliness at some point.
The causes are many, but this truth remains for the follower of Jesus: "... for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)
The lies loneliness tells you.
Ever bought into any?
How did God meet you in your loneliness?
Kurt Goff is a broadcasting veteran with a pastor's heart. He has more than 25 years of experience anchoring television news and hosting a variety of radio programs around the country. With Jesus Christ at the center and the Bible as the guide, each broadcast of Kurt Goff Live reminds listeners that they are not alone and that Christ loves them through the ups and downs of their life. Goff is a graduate of Texas Christian University. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons.