FOUR out of five young people in Spain feel lonely despite being almost permanently connected to others via electronic devices, a new survey reveals.
In fact levels of loneliness are greater among 18 to 25-year old Spaniards than the older generations, according to the ‘Loneliness and its perception’ study carried out by DYM Market Research, and sponsored by Ibercaja and the Community of Madrid.
Interestingly the majority of those surveyed described social media and online friendships as “superficial.”
Those who normally live some distance from their families feel the most alone, which is the situation for most young people who are not residing in the family home. The researchers also found more women have felt alone at some point in their lives, at nearly 70 per cent compared with 56 per cent of men.
Among the report conclusions were that the younger generation tend to associate loneliness with rejection and personal failure. Further findings were that 15 per cent of young people believe they are misunderstood and 70 per cent relate sadness with depression.
Nearly 93 per cent of those surveyed said they believe loneliness is a challenge for the whole of society, and more than half said they think it is a problem which public institutions should address.
One in three however maintain that dealing with loneliness is an individual’s own responsibility.