Who is most likely to be lonely? The risk factors of experiencing loneliness

Our report Loneliness Beyond Covid-19 found that during the pandemic although the social restrictions were universal, their impact on loneliness was highly unequal.

People who were already lonely were likely to get lonelier, as were those at greater risk of loneliness because of factors such as health, income, ethnicity, sexuality or gender identity.

In contrast, those with strong social connections were likely to feel less lonely, as they spent more time with family and in their local community.

This reflects the pictures we’ve seen for health and employment during the pandemic. It exacerbated existing inequalities, rather than creating new ones.

This page looks at what we know about who is most at risk of experiencing loneliness