4 Possible Causes for the Higher Rate of Loneliness Among Americans Compared to People Worldwide

“Third places” are communal hubs without economic, social, or political constraints. They're common in Europe, like a coffee shop with affordable drinks or an inclusive park, but the US rarely makes room for them.

Americans have less access to ‘third spaces’ 

These “third spaces” are discriminatory and inequitable due to rising expenses of living or failing infrastructure, failing to encourage community and engagement in all age groups. 

Research shows that 30% of Americans are online “almost constantly”—doom-scrolling on social media, working remotely, or chatting on their phones. 

American culture hyper-fixates on a false sense of connection through online avenues like social media

Social media, online communication, and digital community have contributed to anxiety, depression, bad health, and social isolation.

Senator Chris Murphy calls loneliness a "societal problem" that is increasingly harming public health, individual health, social interaction, economic stability, and politics.

Heightened economic and political instability fosters an environment of fear for many Americans, increasing their feelings of loneliness 

"Feeling intensely lonely is like smoking a dozen cigarettes a day," he remarked. Loneliness can negatively damage health, leading to anger. People crave purpose and connection. 

Despite research showing Americans' desire for family, many adults say they don't spend enough time with them.

Americans experience less community interaction and weaker family ties than their international counterparts 

Many Americans feel lonely and disconnected due to social and familial vulnerability, which affects their mental and physical health. 

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