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Londonderry 'one of the loneliest places in UK' for adults

By Eamonn MacDermott

Published 17/04/2015


New research has revealed that Londonderry is one of the loneliest places for adults in the UK, according to new research.

The study found that some 68% of adults in the UK claimed to have experienced loneliness.

But the most startling figure was for Derry, where almost three-quarters of adults (72%) said they experienced loneliness.

Of those, some 33% said that they had less interaction today with people they know than they did five years ago.

It seems that the loneliest age group is between 18 and 34, with a huge 83% of that age range reporting feelings of loneliness.

Across the UK some 16% of people claim that they interacted socially with others once a week or less.

Psychologist Dr Rebecca Harris said: "The findings show that we're spending less time having social interaction than we used to, we have fewer friends than we'd like and we're finding it harder to make new friends."

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