Why is each generation lonelier than the one that came before it?
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What’s the psychology behind loneliness?
The same neural networks that fire when you are in physical pain fire when you’re lonely. So loneliness IS painful. There’s an evolutionary reason behind this. For thousands of years, humans lived the hunter-gatherer lifestyle in small groups. Cooperation and communication were crucial to staying alive. The feeling of loneliness is a type of social pain. It’s the brain’s warning system telling you, “Bruh! Get back with your tribe!”
Why is Gen Z considered the loneliest generation?
For Gen Z, there was a big loneliness spike between 2012 and 2018. During that time period, almost twice as many high school students worldwide reported feeling lonely compared to the previous decade. That’s a pretty massive increase in a short period of time. A leading theory to explain this is that 2012 was the first year when more than 50 percent of Americans had access to a smartphone and the use of social media platforms reached critical mass.