A new study reveals a correlation between the social media engagement of teens and loneliness.
The headline in USA Today: “Teens aren’t socializing in the real world. And that’s making them super lonely.”
The story tells us that research into 8.2 million adolescents found that the percentage of high school seniors who said they often feel lonely has increased from 26 percent in 2012 to 39 percent in 2017.
So: In just five years we’ve seen more than a double-digit increase in high school seniors who often feel lonely in the digital age.
If this is true of seniors in high school, what must it say about their younger siblings, their cousins and their friends? There must be an even greater vulnerability as this report makes clear.
Perhaps the term “social media” has been misleading all along … and maybe the social media revolution was never merely a technological revolution, but also a moral revolution. That’s a fact we dare not miss.