Academics from King’s College London found loneliness was an issue in urban as well as rural areas and in wealthy areas as well as deprived ones.
They say loneliness is a particular problem among young adults – regardless of gender or socio-economic background.
The study says these adults are more likely to have a negative view of where they live, compounding their isolation.
The King’s College research says: “The findings of this study reveal that among young adults, loneliness occurs equally within many different types of neighbourhoods, irrespective of urbanicity, population density, deprivation, or crime.
“If lonelier individuals are disposed to perceive neighbourhoods more negatively, this could lead them to make biased choices and avoid areas that are in fact more cohesive than they judge them to be.
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