Young people are most likely to feel lonely according to new research ahead of the introduction of national measures of loneliness.
A total of five per cent of adults in the UK reported feeling lonely “always” or “very often” in the ONS study – with loneliness mostly affecting young adults between 16 and 24 and women more than men.
But the circumstances that lead to loneliness can come at a quicker rate as time ticks on with elderly widowers and those in poor health struggling to break the cycle after losing relatives and friends.
Loneliness is not simply the result of someone’s personality or character; it’s vital to acknowledge contributors to loneliness such as health and economic status
Renters were also more likely to suffer from symptoms than home owners with many of the people surveyed acknowledging that clear links with the community can help alleviate the problems.
Marital status, general health, long-term physical or mental health conditions, living alone or with others, housing tenure and age group are all circumstances that are found to put people at greater risk of feeling lonely more often.
These characteristics are no more apparent than when they are applied rough sleepers, who can be heavily affected by loneliness and social isolation.