By Clare Murphy
Health reporter, BBC News
Loneliness is more prevalent among the young than those past retirement age, a survey suggests, amid profound changes in the way we live and interact.
Across all ages one in 10 people in the UK often feel lonely, the Mental Health Foundation has found, a state which can impact upon one’s physical health.
The charity highlights the decline of community and a growing focus on work.
Technology can isolate but is also an unrivalled means of connecting people, the poll of 2,256 people concludes.
The Lonely Society report described the generational differences uncovered in its survey as “striking”.
Nearly 60% of those aged between 18 to 34 questioned spoke of feeling lonely often or sometimes, compared to 35% of those aged over 55.