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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