“Lonely New Year’s Day”… who is especially lonely? (Research)

When the Lunar New Year holidays come to mind, families and relatives gathered and crowded, but this year it seems that many people are spending a quiet and quiet Lunar New Year holiday.

Some people may spend time alone with their families or quiet time alone as a result of the ban on groups of 5 or more.

This can make you feel lonely. In particular, in countries with strong individualism, studies have shown that men and younger people are more lonely than women.

This is the result of a large-scale global study conducted by a British research team on 46,000 people between the ages of 16 and 99 around the world.

According to this study, countries with a strong individualistic culture, such as the United Kingdom and the United States, and countries that value community, such as China and Brazil, have different subjects who feel great loneliness.

Professor Manuela Barreto of the University of Exeter, UK, who led the study, said, “Contrary to what people generally predict, loneliness is not a limited pain for older people. Even younger people may feel even more lonely.”

According to the research team, loneliness occurs when you feel that your personal relationships aren’t meeting expectations. In other words, the meaning that young people feel more lonely in an individualistic state can be interpreted as meaning that young people rather than older people value their interpersonal relations harshly.

By gender, women seem to feel more lonely, but this is also a prejudice. In general, men are more likely to be branded as weak when they feel lonely than women. Because of this, men tend to conceal the fact that they are lonely. According to this study, in a society with strong individualism, since independent and independent people are evaluated positively, men may feel pressured to hide their loneliness, especially.

However, the interpretation of this study is not the correct answer in that loneliness is influenced by a combination of factors. However, since the subject who feels loneliness may vary depending on the culture, it would be better not to make the judgment that he will be less lonely because he is a man or young.

Young people living in single-person households are increasing. They are more likely to spend a lonely time alone on the Lunar New Year holidays due to corona. Young people familiar with technology interact with many people online, but it is analyzed that the effect of reducing loneliness is inferior in that it is a’substitute’ rather than an’expansion’ of interpersonal relationships.

It is also important to keep in mind that the loneliness of the elderly should not be neglected because the frequency of young people feeling lonely increases. As we get older, the number of people who can engage in social interactions decreases, and physical activities are restricted, so if it is serious, there is a high concern that it will lead to loneliness. Therefore, during the pandemic period, it is better to contact people who are close to you, young people, old people, men and women.

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