New research reveals 44% of Australians regularly feel lonely and nine in ten (91%) say they experience loneliness, with half (48%) too embarrassed to admit this. With increased messaging around ‘togetherness’ ramping up during tough times, Australians are reflecting on their current support systems… or lack thereof.
The report finds the growing issue of widespread loneliness in Australia and explores its impacts on individuals, communities, and society at large. In fact, more than a third (38%) of Australians have never felt lonelier than they have in lockdown with one-in-four (27%) experiencing loneliness for the first time during COVID-19.
Yet while loneliness is indiscriminate, more than two fifths (41%) of Australians are worried about being judged if they say they are lonely. These worries are particularly prominent amongst members of the LGBTQI+ community (57%), Gen Z (52%), Millennials (50%) and parents with children under 18 (50%).
Interestingly, whilst almost two-thirds (60%) of Australians assume that people aged 65+ would be the loneliest group in their community, the research reveals the older generation are actually the most likely to say they ‘never’ or ‘hardly ever’ feel lonely (46%).