mental health, substance abuse
Americans between the ages of 7 and 22 experience much higher rates of loneliness than other generations. Factors such as social media usage contribute to feelings of loneliness. which are compounded by the vulnerability and peer exclusion often experienced during adolescence. Social isolation leads to detrimental effects on both the physical and mental health of teenagers who experience it. Such effects include decreased sleep efficiency, a weakened immune system. and depression. Further. those who are lonely and isolated are more likely to participate in risky behavior such as substance abuse. Leading practices for treating isolation among adolescents (or its causes or effects) include empowering young people and fostering relationships between them, providing a safe place for adolescents, facilitating meaningful online communication. and raising awareness for teen depression and suicide.
"Isolation Among Generation Z in the United States,"
Ballard Brief: Vol. 2020:
3, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/ballardbrief/vol2020/iss3/4