There’s been lots of sympathy for lonely elders during the pandemic. Without diminishing their suffering, it’s worth asking: Can’t this same empathy be extended to lonely young people?
Young people may feel even worse than their elders. Surveys conducted before the pandemic found the highest rates of loneliness among the young and the lowest among people over the age of 72.
Let’s be a little more understanding of the young: One in four workers under 25 lost their jobs. They’ve lost not only health benefits, but also their sense of purpose.“Thinking back to my own 20s, a single year could involve all of these options. Friends provided the only ballast in a life of ever-changing roommates, boyfriends and jobs. A pandemic would have rendered my 20s life unrecognizable,” writes Sarah Green Carmichael.