Millennial’s have few or no friends

There seems to be a direct link to millennial’s social life, happiness, depression and loneliness associated with living at home being clothed, fed and given an allowance from parents.
Not being employed, not living in your own house or apartment, not paying your own way leads millennial’s to social isolation, depression and loneliness.

Market research firm YouGov said “Social media-savvy millennial’s may make up the loneliest generation in America.”

A poll of 1,254 adults aged 18 and older found that 27 percent of millennial’s have no close friends, 25 percent have no “acquaintances” and 22 percent have no buddies at all.
A third(33 percent) of the 20 and 30 somethings reported feeling lonely often or always, compared with 20 percent of Gen Xers and 15 percent of boomers.

49 percent of millennial’s said they had one to four “close friends” and 70 percent said they had at least one “best friend.” Although, based on the other stats, that best friend is possibly their only friend.

The high rate of loneliness in young people may be because many find it tough to find companions: According to the survey, a third of Americans feel making friends is difficult. For 53 percent, it’s because they’re shy, 27 percent claim it’s because they don’t ” need friends.”

Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology links social media usage with a lower quality of life. “the bottom line: Using less social media than you normally use social media leads to significant decreases in both depression and loneliness.

Hint: Get a job, get a pet I recommend a dog or cat, get your own house or apartment. Get a hobby, gardening is rewarding, takes up little of your time and gets you out of the house. Limit time using social media sites.
Turn off your do it all phone. If you miss or don’t respond for several hours or even wait until the next day the world you and I live in will not come to a catastrophic end. The truth is your really not that important, missing a few calls or text messages will not effect our daily life’s.

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20 responses to “Millennial’s have few or no friends

  1. Responding to the comment/question about “climate change being addressed”: although the issues and concerns related to climate change are in the headlines, unfortunately not enough is being done by big business, global politicians, and world leaders to change their behaviors and laws in a way that will effectively reduce climate change. We, the common folk, must still do our part, little by little, but we must put more pressure on those who make a larger impact on our environment. In the meantime, keep planting trees and “reduce, reuse, recycle”.

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    • Someone said something about climate change… I don’t think it is so much to do about climate change…this old earth has been going through IT’s paces long before we recorded weather and so personally, it’s all about how to tax the masses and put fear into them because we have more reported weather and events. Kids today are just not taught things like when it was back in the day. They learn early on they can get stuff by pouting if they do not work and they are having babies that are not taught by adults, faith practices are ignored, discipline is ignored, they are not taught how to care and love and used to be tough love brought a better person. The government now has got the p[opulation wrapped around its little finger instead of the other way around. We the people are now WE, the government… from bread lines, to healthcare, to housing. and the generation of today has lost free-thinking, they can’t invent, they spend too much time with fidget spinners from tv to cell phones. Yet, they want it now… refusing to work. Living in a society that wants to kill babies, is it any wonder the children are so much more violent? Used to be, the genders had their place, the woman followed the man’s lead and couples were yolked. Not today… Couples seem to have little respect for their spouses, that is passed to the children and then there is no respect of God or anything living. Why would there be, it’s just not taught in upbringing anymore because kids today are so much “removed” from a family-type living and just as so many are so far removed from the farm, they just have not been taught respect because they do not even know where a meal comes from. There are no more roots. Get back to the basics, get back to the grassroots and things would be a lot different to that, I am sure. A big problem this generation has is that they need to stop looking to the government for it to take care of them. Maybe they would learn to get back to respect of others, starting with respecting good strong parents that have charge over their lives.

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  2. Thank goodness our three ( in their thirties ) all have real lives, very different from each other, but they have always been independent and sociable. But I do know of people their age still living at home, dependent on family or totally reclusive. I think it has always been so; every family, every generation certainly among our relatives, the odd cousin, the strange aunty. If they had had access to social media they would have spent more time with that than real people.

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    • I often generalize casting a wide net when in fact the group I most often refer to is only about 1/2 or less of all millennial’s.
      Most I think are university graduates, however, they majored in the ‘easy’ to get degrees that have no place or demand for in the real working world the rest of us live in leaving them unemployable.
      Happy Gardening

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  3. A screen doesn’t give us a true perspective on real life, much in all as it pretends otherwise. Apparently being fed artificial information from people with agendas is easier to handle than the real world. Perhaps it’s a southern hemisphere thing but we are more fresh air and sunshine people 🙂

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  4. I grew up in a money poor home but there was lots of love, hard work and laughter… got married, still haven’t seen much money🤪 but once again there’s love, laughter, hard work ,and family. Phones aren’t liked at our family table times,hope it stays that way. It’s not all the children’s fault now a day.. parents don’t want to be bothered so go watch a movie or get your phone.. I’ve heard that,seen it and my heart cried for that child.

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    • I agree with you. Many of the bad habits we seen in the age group that has been termed millennial’s was picked up watching parents, repeating what parents have said and more often than not telling them over and over they are always winners, not ever preparing them for life in the ‘real’ world where you have a 50/50 chance of being a failure not a always a winner.
      Millennial’s have overly protected by parents to the extent many of them can’t function in the real world, in any work place and were never taught work how or why hard work is it’s own reward..

      Many millennial’s truly believe they are worth 50 or 75 thousand dollars a year starting wage when they bring no experience or special talent to their employer and job.

      Nearly all bad habits, bad attitudes, inability to get and keep good jobs can be traced back to weak or no guidance from parent(s).

      Happy Gardening

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  5. Excellent article!!! I have a nephew-in-law who spends almost all of his time staring at his phone and his computer. He has no job or actual friends, and he lives with his mother. He was in the air force for a short while but got out shortly after his parents divorced. He says his parents’ divorce has damaged him and is sort of using it as an excuse to be a perpetual house potato. He has pretty much made himself unemployable and he doesn’t lift a finger to help with housework or yard work and his mother enables him in this. But what can you say? He’s an up-close millennial who is not doing himself any favors, he won’t have much social security to draw from in his old age. Talking to him about it does no good, you know, I’m old, what do I know more than him? He’s very hard to deal with!

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    • I know what you mean in saying he’s doing nothing to better himself or his situation.
      I know a young man (30 years old) with wife and 2 children still living in his childhood bed room. Feed under mama’s table at meal time, can’t or wont help much on the cost of living expenses, home mortgage, utilities, food etc. When ‘the kids need milk, shoes new clothing he turns to mom and dad to buy these things. It’s truly a sad situation.
      Happy Gardening

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  6. I have 3 millennial children. None have lived with me since 2006. They are all employed and between them have 4 college degrees. Two are social butterflies, the other a hermit. I’m just not down with blanket generalizations, even though I hear them from my hubby all the time. 😉
    Personally, I think a lot of what you’re writing about has to do with the magnitude of the largely unaddressed climate crisis (Why bother. I’ll be dead.) And the very real perception that public spaces are no longer safe. (3 mass shootings in one week. A new world record.)

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    • Good for you, you did something right to have them working and living on their own.
      Happy Gardening

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    • Excuse me but I don’t understand the comment “largely unaddressed climate crisis”. I see it being addressed every single day in every major publication and website of every major newspaper. CNN has just announced a giant debate for new candidates solely on the climate crisis. Governments have spent billions on efforts to fix it. So I am at a loss to understand why you think it is unaddressed? Over addressed maybe. Filling people with a sense of imminent doom for which there is no real evidence, maybe but not unaddressed. I otherwise agree with your comment on generalities. All my kids are self supporting and all my grandchildren are living in two parents families with their father as a contorting member of the household. However I stopped giving money to mine beyond helping them get an education debt free and starting them in a house of their own. And beyond that, they’ve been on their own money wise. There have been a lot of studies about the phenomena of parents keeping their children dependant and basically any money you put into them after age 26 is your retirement wasted.

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  7. Back in the day, we got an allowance… It was enough to buy a candy bar and the parents told us to save some money for a rainy day. We did not get it free, Mom and dad made us do chores.. like clean the toilet, take the garbage out, dust the furniture, straighten our rooms, pull weeds snap beans, etc. Then suddenly at the ripe old age of 16, the allowance stopped. They said to get a job and when the first paycheck came we had to pay them room and board and contribute part of our check back to the household. By 18, life at home got tougher…the rules got harder and then we were told, don’t like the rules, move out. God, I miss the good old days! Now retired… life is still tough and there is a problem.. at our age, we don’t have a job anymore and our allowance is short. Never worked so hard in all my days to be so poor., but I am rich in the thought of that life back then was really good.

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  8. Dogs are excellent ice breakers, at least when they are walked in town parks, but people get identified as ‘Sam’s owner’ rather than by their own name! Also they exercise their owners: getting the blood circulating is a step towards feeling alive.

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  9. This is what some of us in the UK have been feeling, The isolation of a virtual life. Parental role models are reduced and families are getting split apart. Over indulgent parents and grandparents. I could say more but I would need a soapbox!

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