ACTIONABLE RESEARCH ON GEN Z AND MILLENNIALS

The pandemic has increased loneliness among Gen Z, but teens are finding ways to support each other. 

The pandemic has increased loneliness among Gen Z, but teens are finding ways to support each other. According to a study from the Rox Institute for Research & Training, 78% of fifth through eighth grade girls feel more lonely and isolated since the pandemic began, and the same is true for older teens. The report found that a third of 10-14-year-old girls are spending four or more hours a day on social media—primarily on apps like TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram. According to experts, all that time on social media is “contributing to loneliness.” And while some brands have already stepped up to address mental health, some teens are taking matters into their own hands by creating resources to support their constituents. A group of California-based high schoolers created “Teenager Therapy,” a podcast to chat about their daily lives and it’s become a “lifeline” for students. (WSJ, NYTimes)