‘Epidemic of Loneliness’: One-Fifth of UK Under-35s Have Just One or No Close Friends

‘Epidemic of Loneliness’: One-Fifth of UK Under-35s Have Just One or No Close Friends


More than one-fifth of Britons aged under 35 say that they have just one or no close friends, according to a poll which is said to reveal that young people are “suffering an epidemic of loneliness”.

The report Age of Alienation conducted by the British think tank Onward and published on Thursday found that the proportion of those aged 18 to 34 who say they have no or just one close friend had tripled in a decade from seven per cent to 22 per cent. In that time, those who claim to have four or more close friends had fallen from 64 per cent to 40 per cent.

The study also found that under-35s were more isolated from their neighbours and are less likely to trust other people than the age bracket did in previous decades and less likely than over-35s in 2021.

Millennials (born between 1980 and

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