Lonely Teens: A Bigger Issue Than We Think?
Ivy Liao
Britannia Secondary
Floor Location : 020405

As loneliness is a major symptom of depression, this project examined how teenagers spend their free time can influence loneliness rates in their lives. Closed-answered surveys were distributed to teenagers aged 13 to 18 that contained questions regarding which activities they participate in often, background information, as well as scales that measure subjective happiness, self-esteem, and loneliness. The results suggested that social activities influenced lower rates of loneliness compared to solitary activities. It was also noted that self-esteem and happiness rates had inverse relationships with loneliness rates and that a high use of electronics also correlated to higher loneliness rates.