Young Are Much Lonelier Than the Old Study: 'epidemic of loneliness' among 18-34 By Emily Rauhala, Newser User Posted May 25, 2010 10:32 AM CDT Updated May 30, 2010 4:02 PM CDT 21 comments Comments The young and the lonely. (Shutter Stock) (Newser) – Loneliness plagues the young more than the old, a new study suggests. In a survey of 2,256 Brits, about 60% of people 18 to 34 said they often or sometimes felt lonely, compared to only 35% of those over 55, reports the BBC. The findings, a psychiatrist tells the Guardian, challenge "our stereotype of the older person, home alone." More women reported feeling lonely, noted the report, which also found that the proportion of people living alone doubled between 1972 and 2008.