Loneliness Research Survey: 18-34 year-olds

In September 2020, I carried out a survey for the loneliness research: the “Connection Inventory”.

The full data analysis and associated report is still in production.  Having said that, we can start to take a look at the initial results.  As often happens with research, we are left with more questions than we started with, and I wanted to explore further what might be underpinning some of the results.

To help out, I approached NTU as part of their employability programme and recruited one of their undergrads, Georgia Lidster, to join Jade Brindley (Koa Consulting) and I on the project.

Aswell as creating an info-graphic of the headline results, when Georgia saw that young adults are the loneliest, and when I showed her the differences between the results for men compared to women, she wanted to discover more.  So her project was born.

Difference between men and women aged 18-34

We combined the data for 18-24 and 25-34 year-olds so that we had enough data to compare men and women in the younger age groups and feel confident in the results.

The higher a question score (which is between 1 and 4), the more that question contributes to loneliness.  When we looked at the scores for each question for men and women separately in the 18-34 age group, we noticed that for some questions, the difference between men and women stood out.

The top two questions where the average scores had the largest difference were:

How often do you feel you can find companionship when you want it?
For women the score was 2.50, for men it was 10.7% higher at 2.77

How often do you feel part of a group of friends?
For men the score was 2.60, for women it was 7.7% higher at 2.80

To find out more, and understand why this might be, we invited 3 people aged 18-34 to join Georgia to discuss.  I was there as time-keeper.  We recorded it to share:

Interested in taking the survey?

Although this loneliness research is closed, you can still take the survey, get your loneliness score, and you’ll find some questions for reflection:

4 18 to 34 year olds and Michelle on a video discussion about loneliness