Technology and the connection to growing number of lonely teens

Posted at 6:27 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 21:27:57-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A growing number of teens report feeling lonely or left out according to a new study out of San Diego State University.

The research was authored by psychology professor Jean Twenge and published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Among the findings:

  • High school seniors who reported feeling lonely went from 26 percent in 2016 to 39 percent in 2017.
  • High school seniors who said they often felt left out rose from 30 percent in 2012 to 38 percent in 2017.

The data was collected from surveys of 8.2 million U.S. adolescents between 1976-2017.