A survey of 20,000 adults found that more than half (54 percent) said they always or sometimes feel like no one knows them well. Just under half report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent). But this might be the most surprising finding: Generation Z (young adults 18-22) have a total average loneliness score of 48.3 — making them the loneliest generation. The least lonely group was the oldest group.
Class discussion: How often do you feel lonely? Does worrying about what other people think of you make it harder to open up to them? Do you think using social media makes it easier or harder to make friends? Why? Why do you think younger people are generally lonelier than older people? Does experience make it easier to make friends? Do you ever go out of your way to talk to someone who looks lonely?