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’Facebook generation’ lonelier than elderly


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

Younger people are lonelier than older people because most of their friends are made online. They have many more online friends - which doesn’t stop them feeling lonely, research has found.


Loneliness among older people is a well-known issue, but a new study suggests that millennials are increasingly the loneliest generation. According to the survey, 89 per cent of them said they had suffered from loneliness, compared to 70 per cent of over-55s.


Older people are more likely to live alone - but the "Facebook generation" have online friends in much higher numbers. Those aged between 18 and 34 have more than six times the number of online friends.


The findings suggest that young people might be more vulnerable to online fraud and scams. Lonely people are more likely to try to make friends on social media and are more likely to trust those they meet online.


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