Summary of “‘I’m surrounded by people”

It’s tempting to conclude that something about modern life is putting young people at a higher risk of loneliness, but when we asked older people in our survey about the loneliest times in their lives, they also said it was when they were young.
The survey suggested that younger people felt more able to tell others about their loneliness than older people, but still many young people who feel lonely told us they felt ashamed about it.
“Michelle has found it both helps and hinders.”Through blogging, people have been in touch and that’s great – but when I am at my lowest, going on Instagram and seeing people having these amazing lives and enjoying themselves does make you feel, ‘Why can’t I have that?’.
“The frustration is that I am confident enough to go up to people and chat, but I have to wait for people to come to me. It does mean the friends I have are really special though, because they’re the kind of people who persevered. I appreciate the friends I have so much more because I don’t have many of them.”
“If people start stroking the dog I’ll use that to start a conversation, but quite a lot of people just walk off. Sometimes I feel I’m overshadowed by my dog. I know I’m not cute and furry but I do have something to offer.”
Sometimes it’s suggested that people experiencing loneliness need to learn the social skills that would help them to make friends, but we found that people who felt lonely had social skills that were just as high as everyone else’s.
People told us the most unhelpful suggestion that other people make is to go on dates.
Lots of people have been getting in touch with her about going to gigs and she’s thinking about whether she could start some kind of social club in London for other young people who feel lonely and like music.

The orginal article.