Survey shows many people may be feeling lonely
A new survey has shown the extent to which loneliness could be a problem in the UK, with many people having no time for cultivating relationships amid their busy lifestyles.
The charity Relate quizzed more than 5,000 people and discovered that one in ten respondents did not have a single friend, while 42 per cent have no one they are close to at work. One in five confessed to rarely or never feeling loved.
Worryingly, only a quarter said they kept in daily contact with a parent and just over one in seven managed similar levels of contact with friends, suggesting many of us are missing out on the vital human contact necessary for wellbeing.
Furthermore, more than a third of working parents were not even able to speak to their children every day, which could be a wake-up call to look for a better work-life balance.
The benefits of close relationships cannot be overestimated, with four out of five of respondents who reported a good connection with their mother and father also feeling good about themselves on a day-to-day basis.
Although 91 per cent of people said they had at least one good friend and 81 per cent of women and 73 per cent of men described the quality of their friendships as good or very good, Relate's chief executive Ruth Sutherland said she found the results of the study concerning.
"Relationships are the asset which can get us through good times and bad, and it is worrying to think that there are people who feel they have no-one they can turn to during life's challenges. We know that strong relationships are vital for both individuals and society as a whole, so investing in them is crucial," she added.
Earlier this year, the Office for National Statistics found Britons are less likely to have strong friendships or know our neighbours than those in other countries in the EU, making us the loneliness capital of Europe.
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