According to a study by Relationships Australia, those aged 25 to 34 reported the highest rates of loneliness.
No doubt there are many causes for this, including the simple fact of being alone: thirty-somethings unable to find partners or friends, while others settle down.
But I also suspect that many have never learned how to be alone; how to enjoy their own company. Here's what I told Michelle:
''People who are constantly connected electronically find being alone very difficult, so it's not that these people are necessarily more alone,'' he says, ''it's that they feel it more keenly. I would guess that older people who haven't been continually saturated with information are actually able to stand their own company.''On the same Age page, you can also listen to a snippet from my 3AW interview this morning, with Ross Stevenson and John Burns.
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