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It seems we need to connect more, and not just to Wifi
It seems we need to connect more, and not just to Wifi

More than 90 000 people aged 18 to 34 live in the City of Sydney alone but new research shows one in six young people say they feel lonely on a daily basis.

‘Dis/Connect, a study by PR firm Red Agency, has revealed that two thirds of millennials are unwilling or unable to live without their devices.

This leaves them socially vulnerable with less time to interact physically with people in their community.

Speaking on 2ser radio, Red Agency CEO James Wright said there was a need to bring some balance back to the fanatical obsession with social media and devices.

Mr. Wright told 2se  said that these young people were addicted to their phones and social media ‘because they don’t want to miss out on what’s happening.’

"The preferred way of keeping in touch is with devices rather than prioritizing face to face." 

Millennials have grown up in a world that is inherently connected and dependent on online communication with the social network site Facebooks popularity surging in 2007.

"The preferred way of keeping in touch is with devices rather than prioritizing face to face," Mr. Wright told 2ser's Nic Healey.

Most young people who work, study or enjoy entertainment in Sydney live outside of the metropolitan area, making social media a convenient way to maintain friendships.

The City of Sydney and Weave Youth and Community Services held ‘Youth Week’ in April to engage young people in offline events.

The Fernside Festival, held as part of Youth Week,  combines skate and scooter competition, music from up-and-coming young artists, street art, DJs and sporting activities.