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Living closer to our parents is the key to fixing society’s problems

iNews

Will Tanner, Director of Onward, wrote for iNews on how family life has deteriorated and younger generations are suffering as a result. He writes:

“People spend less time with their families nowadays, and that time is increasingly remote: an astonishing 38 per cent of total family time, 2.4 hours a day, is spent on mobile devices. The short-term effect of texting at the dinner table or browsing social media in bed is to isolate us, meaning we are alone even when we are together.

“Longer-term, this is having a profound impact on younger generations. Research published this week by Onward reveals that the share of 18-34 year olds with one or no close friends has doubled since before the pandemic and one in 10 now spend more than seven hours per day on social media. This social isolation correlates with rising support for authoritarianism: worryingly, more than 70 per cent of young men who say they have ‘more friends online than in real life’ think military rule would be a good way to run the country.”

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