Apart… and alone

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13 Aug 2021

The number of people feeling lonely at least some of the time during the COVID-19 pandemic fell between April and May 2020. Females reported loneliness at higher rates than males in both months. Younger people reported much higher rates of loneliness than those aged 45 and over.

10 %

There was a 10% fall in males who report being lonely some of the time between April and May 2020 (from 42% to 32%).

41 %

Females reporting loneliness fell by 9% between April and May to 41%.

60 %

18-24 year olds had the highest percentage of loneliness with 60% saying they felt lonely at least some of the time.

21 %

Those aged 75 and over reported the lowest levels of loneliness with 21% in May 2020.

Per cent of Australians who Reported Being Lonely at Least Some of the Time, by sex and age (April to May 2020)
How often have you felt lonely in the past week? 1. Rarely or none of the time (less than 1 day) 2. Some or a little of the time (1-2 days) 3. Occasionally or a moderate amount of time (3-4 days) 4. Most or all of the time (5-7 days)
Sources & Methodology
Variable description % who reported at least some of the time, by sex and age
Variable time span April 2020 - May 2020
Published by ANU Poll
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Data Source doi:10.26193/GNEHCQ
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