Concludes that unwanted loneliness is more common among the young than the elderly

A survey conducted by the Observatory on ‘Unwanted Loneliness’ of the Red Cross of Catalonia concluded that The poor and the young especially suffer from unwanted isolationUntil now it was believed that the elderly are the most vulnerable to loneliness.

The sample universe is the people attended and surveyed by the Red Cross in Catalonia 1,511 people from four provinces Between the months of February and May of this year, with the results of which the first report of the aforementioned observatory has been prepared, according to data provided by the entity in a public presentation this Tuesday.

Eight out of ten people served and surveyed by the Red Cross experience some form of loneliness, and of these, 22% admit to severe or very severe loneliness.

The report highlights that unwanted isolation It particularly affects groups that suffer from poverty, exclusion and marginalization and is inversely proportional to income level.

The highest indicators of loneliness are found in the youngest age group, Between the ages of 18 and 29, with only 20.25% defining themselves as ‘not single’, According to the de Jong scale, which is based on the fact that loneliness is a discrepancy between desired social relations and actually existing ones.

Feeling lonely Not necessarily among people living alone And it has to do with a lack of ties or engagement with the community, according to the report.

a) Yes, More than half of the people surveyed believe that being alone is not good or has more disadvantages than advantages, while 44.5% give a positive evaluation.

The coordinator of the Red Cross of Catalonia, Enrique Moriste, also highlighted the unwanted isolation. More than 4,000 women are victims of sexual violence Those who monitor this entity are called by phone to find out how they are doing.

This Migrants, sick or disabled people or single-parent families, Many of them, supported by single women, are other vulnerable groups with lack of support and increased social isolation, according to the survey.

75% of the sample participants have not No professional or technical support for their or their family’s care, but this percentage varies by age and, from age 80, more than half receive some form of service.

New technologies can help alleviate lonely situations and expand the possibilities of communicating with others, the report shows, and along these lines, seven out of ten people surveyed use them. Applications like Whatsapp, social networks and related video calls.

This usage varies according to age and only younger age groups use it New technology A lot or enough.

In this sense, People who have primarily online relationships have higher rates of lonelinessAccording to representatives of the Red Cross, such a situation can occur due to the fact that social networks and technology cannot replace feelings and sensations.

The report also highlights that Imprisonments and restrictions were imposed during the epidemic Feelings of loneliness have increased, with one in four believing that this feeling has increased, an increase “more pronounced among women in younger groups and men living alone,” the report said.

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