On this Life, Life, Well, we're looking at a study by an insurance giant on loneliness.
Many people believe our oldest generation is the loneliest group of people. But, Cigna says Generation Z is actually the loneliest group. Gen Z is defined in the survey as those between 18 and 22.
People in that age group identified with 10 of 11 feelings associated with loneliness. So, we may be more connected than ever before through social media. But, that doesn't add up to quality relationships.
Dr. Jennifer Baker of Good Dads says, "The people who are least lonely are people who have face to face conversations with someone else. When you think about it, if you use social media a lot to express your opinions you're not looking at someone. So, you don't have that same interaction or that same connection."
Cigna says loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It also has a major impact on workplace productivity.
One way to battle loneliness is through volunteering. But, we're told it's also one of the hardest things to do for an isolated person.