Despite being increasingly connected via social media, new statistics suggest that young people are longing for a meaningful sense of community.
New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 16-24 year-olds in the UK are three times more likely to feel "always or often" lonely compared with those over 64. In addition, one in ten young adults reported regularly feeling lonely, compared with one in twenty in other age groups. Loneliness can have a profound impact on the mental and physical health of people of all ages, with studies deeming it more dangerous than smoking and obesity.
In recognition of this, the Prime Minister unveiled a strategy to alleviate loneliness in response to last year's report by the Jo Cox Commission. Whilst welcome, it's clear that government cannot tackle the issue alone. The Legatum Institute will shortly be publishing a report examining the unique challenges facing our young people but also the great contribution that this age group have to make at this time in our history. Read more in our newsletter