Loneliness is a hot topic for the elderly – but what about the younger generation? The Lonely 20’s.
As nation we are centre of a loneliness epidemic and it’s hitting people aged 18-35 the most. The Office of National Statistics has reported that London is the loneliest capital in Europe and as a capital we are the least likely to have strong friendships and someone to rely on than anywhere else in the EU. Over the past 40 years the number of one person households for people in their 20’s has shot up with an increase in people moving around for work. Social isolation has become the norm and we are lonelier than ever.
How are the younger generation solving this issue?
A little over 80,000 Brits have now taken to the website Rent a Friend to find friendship, this is a site that people can hire out a friend for a fee. The website is mostly used by females in their 20’s and the number of users is increasing by the day.
The Lonely 20’s is a project that will be looking into this new way of making friends and why young people feel they have to seek friendship in this unconventional way.
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