Loneliness and Social Isolation

Loneliness and Social Isolation in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan: An International Survey

New Research from The Kaiser Family Foundation and The Economist

SSRS carried out the sampling and weighting for all countries, and conducted computer-assisted telephone interviews for the U.S. sample.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, in partnership with The Economist, conducted a cross-country survey of adults in United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan to examine people’s views of and experiences with loneliness and social isolation. The survey, the second in partnership with The Economist, explores the public’s perceptions of the issue, including their views of the role of government and society in helping to reduce it, and how technology contributes to or stems the problem. It includes additional interviews with individuals who report always or often feeling lonely, left out, isolated or that they lack companionship to better understand the personal characteristics and life circumstances associated with these feelings, the reported causes of loneliness, and how people are coping.