Loneliness is not a measure of how many friends someone has. Even very social children can experience feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Every child needs time on their own now and again – even those who are very social. Some people feel very happy this way. But sometimes a young person will feel some sadness about being alone. They might want to spend more time with others, or wish they were closer to others.
When a young person feels lonely, they may:
Loneliness is sometimes linked to:
Social media can be a powerful tool for feeling connected. At the same time, it can feel isolating to see friends doing things without you. Sometimes, posts can amplify ways we’re different from others.
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