There are many ways you can feel “instantly connected” that do not even require interacting in person. At the same time, despite all of these ways to communicate, many are proclaiming that we’re in the midst of a loneliness epidemic. Is it possible that social media interactions are missing the gratification that comes from having an in-person conversation?
We surveyed 1,001 of our members to learn more about their in-person and online interaction habits and the emotions they most commonly experience. The majority of those surveyed estimated they spend a minimum of 3 hours a week on social media (59%), surpassing time spent catching up with friends in person, texting with friends, talking on the phone, or video chatting.
While loneliness is a more persistent feeling among those not in a relationship (felt at least once a week by 64%), half of those who are married or in a long term relationship indicate they feel lonely at least once a week.
When asked what they fear most in the long-term, while the primary concern differs by relationship status, loneliness remains a common thread. Being single/alone is the biggest fear for singles, while those in a committed relationship foremost worry about losing loved ones to illness.
Here’s hoping these feelings of loneliness are fleeting. It’s certainly worth noting that the most common emotion felt daily is love!
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