American workers feel more isolated than ever, with younger workers feeling loneliness more than their older colleagues.
Three out of every five adults say they sometimes or always feel lonely, according to health insurance company Cigna, which has created a U.S. Loneliness Index for the second year in a row, based on a survey of 10,000 adults.
The numbers are shockingly high for young adults. Seventy-three percent of workers aged 18-22, known as Generation Z, report sometimes or always feeling alone - up from 69% a year ago.
3 out of 5 adults, or 61%, said that they sometimes or always feel lonely
'We had a hypothesis that society — the U.S. specifically — was dealing with an elevated level of loneliness, disconnection,' said Cigna CEO David Cordani to CNBC.
'We can start to see those disconnections manifest themselves in other health issues showing up for individuals … whether you think about it through the lens of depression, stress … or more heavy, complex behavioral issues.'
One reason younger people may feel more isolated is their use of social media, the report states.
The study found the more time people spent on social media, feelings of loneliness also increased.
Among workers 18-22, 73% report sometimes or always feeling alone, up from 69% in 2019
The responses from seven out of 10 heavy social media users saw 71% report feelings of loneliness, up from 53% a year ago.
Of light social media users, 51% said they felt lonely, up from 47% a year ago.
Younger people who have just begun new jobs also reported feeling alienated, far more than workers who had been employed for more than 10 years or so.
Some 66% of workers says they felt lonely compared to 40% who had been in the job for a