Gaming and friendship apps: How I beat loneliness

By Lindsay Brown
Newsbeat reporter

Publishedduration53 minutes ago

More people are feeling lonely now than at any point during the pandemic, new figures suggest. So with Covid restrictions still in place and winter looming, how can you beat loneliness?

The office for national statistics (ONS) spoke to more than 4,000 people in Britain and a quarter said they are always, often or sometimes lonely.

That figure rose to more than a third (34%) in 16 to 29 year olds.

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat has been speaking to young people about how they have tackled it – from finding friends online, bonding over Minecraft or simply calling mum.

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