20% Feel Lonely at Least Half of the Time

Twenty percent (20%) of Americans  feel lonely at least half of the time, with 12% who say they feel that way all of most of the time.

A new national survey by ScottRasmussen.com found that younger Americans feel lonely more often than older ones. Thirty-two (32%) of adults 18-to-34 feel lonely at least half the time. Only 9% of voters aged 65 and older who say they feel the same. (See crosstab results)

However, 88% of all adults regularly socialize with at least one friend. And 78% have had at least one lengthy, in person discussion with a close friend in the past week. Ninety-three percent (93%) of Americans have at least one close friend that they can share anything about themselves with.

On the other side of the coin, 31% of Americans say they haven’t gotten together with even one friend over the past week for a social event.

When asked about the number of friends they regularly socialize with, the most common answer for Americans across every demographic group was three to five.

This survey comes as many social and psychology experts are finding a rise in loneliness in America that they blame on political disputes, narcissistic tendencies, and social media.

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The national survey of 1,118 Adults was conducted January 27-28, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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