OJMP  Vol.8 No.3 , July 2019
Loneliness in Adolescents: A Flash Survey through Smartphones
Abstract: Background: Loneliness has recently jumped to scholars’ attention due to a number of longitudinal studies’ results, impacting on health and quality of life of individuals, and political activities (such as the appointment of a dedicated ministry in the UK). All of these results have stimulated the need for better knowledge of the phenomenon and their consequences on different gender and age groups. Aim: So far, most of attention has been dedicated to the problem of older adults; however, younger individuals seem to also appear very vulnerable to loneliness. Method: This short communication is meant to open a window on adolescents’ feelings of being lonely or socially isolated, and does so through an investigation performed in the context of a conference on the very theme of loneliness. Results: Even at the age group considered in this study (individuals between 14 and 16 years old) loneliness appears to be a frequent problem. The contribution of the Internet and social media to this phenomenon needs to be clarified. Conclusions: Raising awareness on the seriousness of loneliness for an individual’s health and wellbeing appears today of paramount importance. Actions need to be taken at different levels to counteract the consequences of loneliness.
Cite this paper: de Leo, D. , Berardinelli, M. , Scarpino, O. , Trabucchi, M. (2019) Loneliness in Adolescents: A Flash Survey through Smartphones. Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 8, 45-52. doi: 10.4236/ojmp.2019.83004.

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