By ARTHUR LYONS 5 August 2019
A newly released nationwide poll has revealed that an astonishing 89 percent of Britons between the ages of 16- to 29-years-old think that their lives are meaningless and without purpose.
The Japanese company Yakult which conducted the poll discovered that 84 percent of young people believe they’re failing to “live their best life” whereas 30 percent said they thought they are stuck in a rut, the Sun reports.
The survey also found that across all age groups, 51 percent of respondents said that they believe they were born to be as happy as they can be, while 37 percent said that they thought it that their main task was to make others around them happy. 31 percent said that they believe humanity’s purpose should be to do good.
An overall sense of despair and a profound feeling of negativity about the state of one’s life isn’t particularly unique to the younger demographic.
A separate 2017 survey that was conducted by Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness before her murder revealed that nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of older people feel lonely, with about half (49 percent) of survey respondents saying they’ve felt this way for years.
In 2018, the UK government initiated a state-funded program under the Commission on Loneliness designed to help lonely people make connections with people around them and to make friends.
Government research has revealed that about nine million people “always or often felt lonely” with about 200,000 elderly people reporting that they had not had a conversation with a friend or relative in over one month.
The great irony of all of this is that we’ve been told that we’re living in a time where the internet and social media have allowed us to become more connected to one anther than ever before throughout history.
On a surface level, it may appear that way. However, if one looks more deeply, it quite clear that more people are isolated and alone – perhaps more than ever before.
The only difference is that now we are alone, together.
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