“Although we are connected technologically like never before there’s a definite feeling of loneliness.”

‘Social media has poisoned young people’: Joe, 24, self-employed, East Midlands
“The whole text generation has taken a lot of character out of young people’s communication and left a lot of them strangers to themselves. The influence of social media has poisoned the generations that have only ever known that life too.”

‘Every single stupid decision is forever saved online’: Theo, 17, student, Kent
“People say we are lucky to have phones and all this technology when in reality it’s having a negative effect. People can’t make mistakes anymore because it will always come back to haunt them; every single stupid decision is forever saved online which makes growing up harder as you have learn and grow from these embarrassing things.”

‘There’s a definite feeling of loneliness’: Harry, 21, student, Reading
“Although we are connected technologically like never before there’s a definite feeling of loneliness. I think much of this stems from a lack of community. The loneliness, constant competition and the feeling of not being listened to or taken advantage of takes a toll. I think we need a change in what we value as a society. Instead of focusing so much on what we produce we should instead look at what actually matters in life.”

– image and excerpts from ‘Social media has poisoned us’: young Britons on why they are unhappy, Rachel Obordo and Guardian readers, The Guardian, 9 April 2018