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By Mark Smith
Mukilteo Presbyterian Church 

An epidemic of loneliness | Worship

Series: Coronavirus | Story 164

Last updated 12/2/2020 at 2:16pm

The COVID-19 pandemic we have all been dealing with has served to amplify the impact of another epidemic that has been with us for some time: the epidemic of chronic loneliness.

The insurance company Cigna, in a 2019 online survey of 20,000 U.S. adults over the age of 18, found that 61% of respondents described themselves as lonely – an increase of 7 percentage points from a study the year before. Some of the findings were quite interesting: Generation Z (ages 18-22) and Millennials (ages 23-37) are lonelier and claim to be in worse health than older generations; students have higher lon...

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