Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Are Older Americans the Loneliest Number?

Greatest HitsTo paraphrase one of Three Dog Night's great early hits, are older Americans the loneliest number? 

According to a recent study published by global health insurer Cigna, the answer is "no."  But that isn't necessarily good news for anyone, especially from the standpoint of overall health.

Here are some of the takeaways from the study:    

In partnership with Ipsos, Cigna conducted an online survey of more than 20,000 U.S. adults 18 years and older using the UCLA Loneliness Scale to further examine loneliness in America. We found that most Americans are considered lonely.

The study revealed:

  • Generation Z (adults ages 18-22) and Millennials (adults ages 23-37) are lonelier and claim to be in worse health than older generations.
  • Social media use alone is not a predictor of loneliness.
  • Students have higher loneliness scores than retirees.
  • There was no major difference between men and women and no major difference between races when it came to average loneliness scores.

Less surprising, the study points to specific health risks associated with loneliness.

For the full study (with great charts) see CIGNA U.S. Loneliness Index (2018).


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