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Survey finds young more lonely than old

25th May 2010

A survey carried out by the Mental Health Foundation has found that feelings of loneliness are more widespread in young people than older people.

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The MHF polled 2,256 people in the UK and discovered than one in 10 people of all ages said they felt lonely on a regular basis.

The report, called 'Lonely Society', said that the difference in how the generations felt was "striking".

Almost 60% of the poll's respondents said that they often or sometimes felt lonely, in comparison to only 35% of people aged over 55.

Almost one third of young people reported that they talked too much to their friends and relatives online, when they should meet them face to face.

Sarah Brennan, head of the charity YoungMinds, said: "The young people we work with tell us that talking to hundreds of people on social networks is not like having a real relationship and when they are using these sites they are often alone in their bedrooms."

"Loneliness is a big problem which we need to start to tackle. In the last few years our communities have broken down and become atomised. We need to foster these relationships again and invest in our young people's wellbeing so that they have somewhere to go or to turn to when they are feeling lonely," she added.

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