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Women Are Struggling, Too

A recent survey from The Roots of Loneliness Project found that middle-aged women reported the sharpest rise in loneliness when the pandemic lockdowns began in 2020.

02/4/22

John Stonestreet

Maria Baer

So many indications reveal just how much young men are struggling in our culture… mentally, spiritually, and relationally. And new research reveals how much women are struggling, too. 

A recent survey from The Roots of Loneliness Project found that middle-aged women reported the sharpest rise in loneliness when the pandemic lockdowns began in 2020. According to The Wall Street Journal, women in this group, particularly moms, spend a lot of time on social media but feel increasingly stressed and isolated. 

At best, social media “connections” can only supplement embodied community, but they cannot be a replacement for it.  

Because women aren’t as likely as men to act out in violent or destructive ways, their struggles can go unnoticed. Moms are in a uniquely challenging spot. Though rarely alone, they are also rarely around other adults.  

This survey is a good reminder that moms should make time for adult community without feeling guilty for it. And, it’s a good reminder for dads and the larger Church body: Don’t forget about the moms.

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