There is an ache for connection in the United States today. At a time when politics is more polarized, conversation is by text, families are more dispersed, and people are living longer alone, Americans find themselves lonely and lacking connection. In fact, in a nationwide survey by Cigna among 20,000 adults the results were startling:
- Only 53% report having meaningful, in-person social interactions daily!
- Nearly half report feeling alone (46%) or left out always or sometimes (47%).
- 54% say they feel that no one knows them well.
- 56% report they sometime or always felt like the people around them “are not necessarily with them.”
- And two in five felt that their relationships aren’t meaningful (43%) and they are isolated from others. (43%)
- One in five, (18%) report they do not have someone they feel like they can talk to.