No new friends. No old friends. No friends... period?
More than 20% of millennials surveyed in a YouGov poll released this week claimed that they don‚Äôt have a single friend. And less than a third of Millennials said they have double-digit friends, according to the data, culled online in early July.
Even if younger Americans are overstating their isolation, the jarring numbers reflect long-term rising trends in loneliness. Studies have indicated that loneliness has myriad negative mental and physical health effects.
‚ÄúStrong social relationships support mental health, and that ties into better immune function, reduced stress and less cardiovascular activation,‚ÄĚ Debra Umberson, a professor of sociology at the University of Texas, told Time magazine in 2015. ...