Study: Loneliness rising in young Americans, more than seniors

New study shows more loneliness than in seniors
Posted at 8:36 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 19:54:35-04

Could the loneliest Americans, be some of the youngest Americans?

A new study by health services company Cigna found people aged 18-22 actually scored higher on a loneliness test than people 72 and older.

"It does not surprise me because of the demands," child psychologist Dr. Valerie McClain said.

McClain told us she’s treating many kids that show signs of being lonely or depressed.

"Demands are becoming overwhelming, demands to become independent, get a successful job, get a career."

Potentially overwhelming demands that just were not as common in previous generations. 

Cigna’s CEO says meaningful social interaction was seen as the key to reducing loneliness. He was eluding to face to face communication as opposed to keeping an active social media profile; Dr. McClain agrees.

"The advice I would give to parents is much like I give to myself and that’s be present, and just listen."

But she thinks social media and “texting” can be helpful.

"I think it’s really important for a parent who has a child away at college to stay in touch, to stay aware."

An open line of communication is kept, and it shows them they have a lifeline and they are not alone.