Emerging adults today feel lonelier than in the past—and not just since the coronavirus pandemic. This is indicated by an evaluation of studies on the loneliness of emerging adults between 1976 and 2019, conducted by a research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and Friedrich Schiller University Jena. “This kind of increase is a warning signal, as loneliness seems to be an emerging problem in emerging adulthood,” says Dr. Susanne Bücker from the Department of Psychological Methodology at the RUB Faculty of Psychology. The research team nevertheless describes the often-used term “loneliness epidemic” as overdramatising, since the effect size of the increase is relatively small. The study was published in the journal Psychological Bulletin from December 2021.