One in five people experience this unpleasant feeling on a Friday night

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In the age of constant connection through social media, there are more ways than ever to meet new people and make personal connections. But even in this age of apps, adults still find themselves feeling lonely and experiencing social isolation on a regular basis.

A new OnePoll survey of 2,000 adults in the United Kingdom revealed that adults still feel lonely due to a variety of reasons.

“Our research shows that loneliness can impact not just one age, gender or life circumstance, but a wide range of people all over the UK,” said Nick Mackenzie, CEO at Greene King pub company and brewer, which conducted the study. “And it’s surprising to see just how many adults wished they could spend more time socializing and interacting with peers.”

Loneliness over the weekend

The survey revealed that one in five respondents typically found themselves lonely on a Friday night and two-thirds say they sometimes feel lonely over the weekend.

Additionally, 39% of respondents say they often wish that someone would ask them to go out sometime.

While finding a group to spend time with in college is only a text message and a walk across campus away, finding a fun gang isn’t as easy once life gets in the way. Almost half, 48%, of respondents said that they believe that it is harder to find people to spend time with as you age.

Why are we lonely?

The survey showed that one in three people blame not having people to spend time with on being too tired to make the effort and 39% say that they are never able to find a time when all their friends’ schedules align.

In the age of hustling, 30% of respondents say that they don’t spend time with others simply because they don’t have time.

What does drinking have to do with being lonely?

The average British adult stops going out and spending time in bars at age 32, but that could just be because they don’t have time to do so. Four in 10 respondents said that they don’t spend time at their local bar, but would spend about three and a half hours there each week if they could.

It seems that part of not going to bars has to do with having no one to go with. Based on the survey, 15% of the respondents say they would pay for someone’s drinks all night just so they could have some company. 

While many would gawk at the idea, 20% of respondents say they’re comfortable visiting their local bar alone and 25% said that their town’s most popular bar is the centerpiece of their community.