Loneliness among young adults poignant problem



Well-intentioned initiatives are not very effective

Almost 8 million Dutch people feel socially lonely. In the age group 18-64, this percentage is 41.5%. The diversity in well-intentioned initiatives is wide, but the supply is insufficiently used. This is the conclusion of the research, from February 2020 by the VU, into a targeted approach to loneliness. A lack of contact, not being embedded in social relationships and a lack of intimacy contribute to social loneliness. Technology and the use of social media seem to be a catalyst in the growth of loneliness; in the meantime, the need for face-to-face contacts is also growing. The specially developed platform of Het

Loneliness Fund is online from today. The Loneliness Fund has set itself the goal of enabling encounters between people and has developed the special Joinin platform and the Joinin app. The Joinin app is free to download for Google and Apple.

Former director of the Elderly Fund and currently director of the Loneliness Fund, Jan Romme: “The elderly are often lonely because loved ones have passed away. There is also loneliness among young people and young adults, often no less poignant, but remains hidden. They are ashamed of their loneliness. By using social media, they become even more lonely, they forget how to make social contacts and how to maintain them. It’s easy to connect with like-minded people on our Joinin platform. In sports or hobby and all possible interests. Because maybe two blocks away your neighbor is just as fond of museums and would like to go to an exhibition together. For example, we are working on a structural solution to get people out of their isolation. From small or great loneliness. ”

Loneliness, a serious problem
Loneliness has always existed and has always existed. Among young people, adults and the elderly. Adults who feel lonely run a greater risk of psychological complaints. Precisely because of the almost intimate entanglement with (social media and) smartphones, many people find it increasingly difficult to make social contact. Social interaction, such as participating in activities, contributes to the sense of belonging. Being part of a group creates self-confidence and self-esteem. These are a few conclusions from the Bouwman and Van Tilburg report. They distinguish a division into seven active elements: activities, meeting, practical support, meaningful contact, social skills, realistic expectations and meaningful role. Most ‘mediations’ combine several active elements, which increases their effectiveness.

Loneliness is a problem that is also receiving increasing attention within municipalities and for which they also want to take control. Romme: “In a version developed for the municipality, every municipality can store all important data. With a link to the Joinin platform, it offers all residents every opportunity to connect with residents of the municipality. With the Joinin app, the municipalities are given control. ”

Joinin app en platform
With the Joinin platform and the Joinin app, social connections are made possible between people with similar interests, location or purpose. Activities can be easily created and can vary from sport to concert, from cooking to museum visits (the app is free to download for Google and Apple).

About The Loneliness Fund
The Loneliness Fund has set itself the goal of reducing loneliness in the Netherlands and focuses on people in the 18-64 age group. They conduct research, organize meetings in the neighborhood, organize national events and developed the Joinin platform and the Joinin app. Here people with similar interests can find each other. The fund also has a chat line, which will be available 24/7 from January 1, 2021.

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Name author and / or edited by: The Loneliness Fund / Marike Timmermans
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Source for this article: The Loneliness Fund
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Original title: Loneliness among young adults is also a poignant problem
Target audience: Healthcare professionals, Policy makers, Informal carers, Students
Date: 2020-09-29

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