Millennials are twice as likely to suffer loneliness during the coronavirus lockdown than baby boomers, suggests research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Just over half of young people aged 16 to 24 who said their wellbeing has been affected by the lockdown have experienced loneliness, the survey suggests. Furthermore, under a quarter of people aged 55 to 69 who reported their wellbeing as being affected by the lockdown, said they had felt lonely.
The data was collected from April 3 to May 3 and is divided into chronic loneliness and lockdown loneliness.
Respondents who had reported that their wellbeing had been affected in the past seven days, 30.9% said they were “very” or “somewhat worried” about the effect of coronavirus on their life. 53% of single and 51.2% of widowed were more likely to feel lonely during lockdown, as well as those 53.2% of those who are divorced or separated from a civil partner.
All in all, 1 in 20 people reported that they felt lonely “often” or “always” between April 3 and May .
Dawn Snape, assistant director of sustainability and inequalities division at the ONS, said:
"Lockdown affected everyone, but responses differed. During that first month, the equivalent of 7.4 million people said their well-being was affected through feeling lonely. ‘Lonely’ people were more likely than others to be struggling to find things to help them cope and were also less likely to feel they had support networks to fall back on."