“Of the 4,000 adults who made up the study, a fifth said they had no close friends at all.”
Hamish Mackay reports for the BBC:
“‘You learn to rely on yourself and only yourself,’ says 26-year-old Hazel Newell, reflecting on a period of her life that left her feeling alone, anxious and unable to connect with those around her.
According to new research by the British Red Cross, millions of people in the UK are suffering from loneliness and social isolation.
Of the 4,000 adults who made up the study, a fifth said they had no close friends at all.
More than a third said they ‘often’ felt alone, with nobody to talk to.
And while many believe loneliness to be an issue that predominantly affects older people, the research suggests young adults are more likely to experience it.
That’s certainly something Hazel can identify with – she says she failed to make a single friend during her first three years living in a new area …”
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