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Millennials Are Apparently The Loneliest Generation But How Did We Get Here?

25% of millennials don’t have a single friend.

I can count the number of close friends I have on one hand. Specifically, on three fingers.

It’s both a point of pride and anxiety for me: having three genuine friends is an amazing achievement but, also, why is there only three? Surely I’m not that insufferable that only three people in the whole world can tolerate my company?

On second thought, don’t answer that. Source: Giphy

But it turns out, I’m one of the lucky few, because having three close friends is more than 25% of millennials. According to research conducted by YouGov, 25% of millennials don’t have a single friend.

Despite the fact that we are constantly connected to each other online, millennials are the loneliest generation. The YouGov study spoke to over 1,200 adults aged 18 and over in the USA and found some interesting and pretty upsetting stats.

30 percent of millennials surveyed said they always or often felt lonely, compared to just 15 percent of baby boomers and 20 percent of Gen X.

According to the study, 22 percent of millennials have no close friends, and 30 percent have no best friends.

Why? The research answers that too: because making friends is hard. Participants in the study discussed the difficulties they faced making friends, which ranged from shyness to a lack of common hobbies and interests.

Over a quarter (27 percent) even said that they “didn’t need friends”.

You know what all of this^ basically tells us? Our parents are more fun and have more active social lives than we do.

Oh boy. Source: Giphy

The question I want to know the answer to, is how we found ourselves here. Do we (millennials) actually like being alone? Is it self-inflicted or are we the innocent victims of the digital age?

I have no definitive answers to my questions but I do have my own answer: I think we’re both. I think millennials are the victims and the perpetrators.

Let me explain:

Yes, we are the products of a digital world. Social media and mobile phones and technology are the norm for us – they’re the things our whole lives centre around, including our relationships. Technology is convenient but it also enables our lazy tendencies – why make formal plans when we can catch up with a mate through Facebook chat while watching the latest episode of Queer Eye all from the comfort of our own bed?

Keyboard warrior. Source: Giphy

The digital age has sucked us into its trap – victimised us. But, ultimately, we’re the ones that choose to stay – we exacerbate our own situation. We’re too lazy and comfortable in our safe havens (read: couch) to venture outside and do more social things.

Newsflash: forming friendships without being social is impossible.

It’s also impossible when you hate people. Source: Giphy

But not all hope is lost. While social media and lack of social interaction can worsen our loneliness, inevitable changes in our lifestyle can actually help us make friends. Things like moving homes or getting a new job. Nearly half of YouGov’s surveyed millennials said they’d made a friend at work in the past six months, with 76 percent saying they’d managed to make at least one friend through work or their local community.

The takeaway message here: we need to get out of the house more.

Unless you’re happy with a life of loneliness, Netflix and eating chocolate bars in bed.

On second thought, that doesn’t sound so bad.

Robert Pattinson Says He Smells Like A Crayon And I Need To Know Which Colour

Another wild yarn from R-Patz.

Robert Pattinson has gained quite a reputation for spinning wild yarns during interviews, but his most recent comments on his body odour have me truly shaken.

In a recent interview with Allure the star of the upcoming The Batman film said, “Lots of people tell me I smell like a crayon.”

The interviewer – understandably bewildered by this statement – then asked, “Like you’re made of wax?”

To which R-Patz responded, “Yes! Like I’m embalmed.”

I have so many questions. What colour crayon does Pattinson smell like? What brand? Is he using lots of crayons? And most importantly, who are these multiple people who are telling him he smells like crayon!? Is that an insult, or a compliment?

It’s not the first time Robert Pattinson’s scent has come up in conversation. Back in 2009, E! News reported that an unidentified source who worked “very closely” with the actor on New Moon said “he stinks.”

“I mean, it’s awful,” the source said. “He never showers, and it drives people on the set crazy.”

“He completely reeks,” an unidentified crew member added. Yikes.

It’s been over a decade since then, so we can only hope Robert Pattinson has swapped his lack of showering for an obsession with crayons. 

Speaking of celebrity scents, celebrity tattoo artist Lauren Winzer dishes on what Post Malone smells like on It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

During his interview with Allure, Pattinson was also asked about being recently named the “most handsome man” in the world according to science.

“It’s weird,” he said. “I never was really up for the good-looking-guy roles, because I’ve always been quite awkward when meeting people.”

“My Harry Potter role was a good-looking guy, and it was a shock that it was quite easy to get. And then in Twilight, [Edward is] beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. When I turned up for the auditions, I had done a job where I’d dyed my hair black, because I had an inch and a half of roots, and I had waxed my body. And then I had a few months where I’d been drinking beer all day, so I had this hairless, chubby body. I looked like a baby with a wig on.”

Hairless, chubby, waxed or smelling like a crayon – we’ll take Robert Pattinson any which way.

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