I would argue that this consequence is not limited to teenagers. It seems there are a lot more lonely adults too.
Today’s teenagers are lonelier at school than those 20 years ago because smartphones stop them talking with friends, a study says.
Researchers found the proportion of 15 and 16-year-olds in the UK feeling alienated among peers has tripled since 2000 to 33 per cent – one in three.
They said the rise coincides with widespread use of smartphones and social media by this age group.
The authors, who studied children worldwide, added that social media in particular is having a negative effect as it may heighten feelings of missing out or lead to cyber bullying.
Increases were higher among girls than boys.
The study, published in the Journal of Adolescence, said there was a strong correlation between smartphones and loneliness, although definite blame cannot be proven.
Researchers said adolescent wellbeing ‘began to decline after 2012, in conjunction with the rise of smartphone access’.