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Take part in the national loneliness survey

(14 February 2018)

A new survey about people’s experiences of loneliness, led by Professor Pamela Qualter, School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), launched earlier this week on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind.

The Loneliness Experiment is an online survey which will explore the nation’s attitudes and personal experiences. It aims to find out the factors that contribute to loneliness, the role of relationships, connection and social media, and what has aided recovery or improvements to wellbeing.

The survey has been developed by academics at The University of Manchester, Brunel University and the University of Exeter, with the aid of a grant from Wellcome, in the hope it will increase understanding of one of the major issues facing society today.

Pam said: “We want to know about people’s experiences of loneliness - when does it happen, how intense is it when it happens, and what solutions do people use to overcome it? Also, is there stigma surrounding loneliness? Data from the experiment will enable us to look at the most and the least lonely people in society, and in time, may help us to develop robust ways of supporting people of different ages who feel lonely."

With thousands of people expected to complete the Loneliness Experiment, it is likely to be the largest survey of its kind, providing important insights into subjective experiences of loneliness across the UK and beyond.

The survey will explore areas such as: 

  • At which times of life are people most likely to feel lonely? 
  • What is the role of friendship?
  • Do an individual’s personality and life circumstances affect their experience of loneliness?
  • How does new technology and social media affect loneliness?
  • How do we view people who are lonely?
  • What solutions have people found useful (or not) when it comes to tackling their loneliness?
  • What is the opposite of loneliness?

You are welcome to take part whether you have experienced loneliness or not.  The survey takes less than 40 minutes to complete, and those who participate will be able to see instant feedback online, tracking some of the results so far.  


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