Some studies have found that people who spend more time on social media actually have more face time with friends. But studies like this are only looking at people already operating in a world suffused with smartphones. And what if we also saw how feelings of loneliness differed across the generations?
Everybody gets lonely. It just happens sometimes. For many people, loneliness happens far too often and it can feel like it will last forever.
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. O ne day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends.
Rebecca Nowland does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Young people are lonelier than all other age groups, according to recent findings from the BBC Loneliness Experiment. This trend for high youth loneliness has also been captured in other national surveys by the Office for National Statistics in and the Eden Project in
Credit: Getty Images. New research finds that some teens, especially when they feel lonely, prefer face-to-face interactions to social media. The study also documents a gender split.
New research reveals how social media platforms like Facebook can greatly affect your mental health. Did you catch up with friends on Facebook, post photos of your dog on Instagram? Maybe a Twitter link brought you here.
Posted Jun 4, pm. Iowa State's Rui Chen explains why social media is not a default for all teens when they feel lonely. Video by Dave Olson.
Or they think your enthusiasm for mycelium is weird. You might find it hard to pretend to like them. Or to accommodate their need for chit chat. But you want to belong.
Technology is so pervasive it may seem as if teens spend more time on social networking sites than in real conversations with friends. New research challenges that assumption and finds some teens, especially when they feel lonely, prefer face-to-face interactions over social media. The findings are encouraging given that 80 percent of teens say they constantly feel lonely, said Rui Chen, associate professor of information systems in Iowa State University's Ivy College of Business.
I am a year-old who knows what it's like to feel lonely and loves to help others who feel the same way. Some teenagers feel alone and would like some company once in a while. Most of them would not admit that fully that they need help but in the end, everyone does, whether or not it's obvious. Most of the time, they are certain they can manage everything by themselves, but in reality, they can't.