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  • Writer's pictureNikki Latham

Loneliness In The UK On The Rise

New research by the Post Office reveals a worrying trend: Brits are feeling lonelier than ever before. Financial troubles and a lack of communication are driving this alarming increase in isolation.

The study found that 60% of those who experienced loneliness in the past six months attributed it to a lack of connection with others, while 48% blamed money worries. In response, many Brits are seeking solace in retail and hospitality settings to combat their loneliness.

Surprisingly, the younger generation is the most affected, with a staggering 70% of 18-24 year-olds feeling isolated and disconnected. In contrast, only 36% of those aged 65 and over reported similar feelings.

To cope with their loneliness, one in five individuals are intentionally visiting specific locations, such as supermarkets, pubs, cafes, or restaurants, to seek human interaction. These findings underscore the urgent need for society to address the growing epidemic of loneliness and find effective solutions to foster connection and support.

The battle against loneliness unfolds, with surprising statistics emerging. While the majority of adults seem to have found solace in their social circles, a staggering 36% of those aged 65 and over admit to feeling the weight of loneliness.

But fear not! Our weapons against this silent struggle are within reach. Joining clubs, embracing new hobbies, or diving into sports are proven antidotes. A whopping 49% believe that confiding in someone can alleviate this burden, lightening the load.

Curiously, the youthful souls aged 25-34 have their unique approach. When loneliness strikes, they pamper themselves! Over two-thirds (37%) head to the hairdressers, while 30% indulge in the expertise of beauticians.

In the enchanting South West, the story unfolds further:

- 47% have experienced loneliness in the past six months.

- For 56%, a lack of connection fuels their lonely hearts.

- 33% remain undecided on whether loneliness is a greater issue today than pre-2020.

- 73% find solace in meeting friends and family.

- Surprisingly, 77% don't seek solace in retail or hospitality establishments.

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