A generation of lost and lonely men

Jason Ortega

The majority of Morton men are loners, it seems.

In a random quick survey, 6 out of 10 Morton men students said they are loners.

Today’s generation of men has been facing a complex set of challenges that have contributed to them feeling lonelier than ever. Covid19/isolation, the rise of social media, and being ignored/forgotten have all played a role in creating a sense of uncertainty and disengagement.

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on men’s mental health, with feelings of loneliness and isolation being a common experience. social distancing measures, job loss, and reduced social interaction have all contributed to a sense of disconnection and loneliness among men. With many men unable to engage in their usual social activities or connect with friends and family, they may feel cut off from the world around them. Isolation during covid19 or even during today’s time a lack of social connection. Men may be less likely to engage in social activities or build close relationships with others, which can leave them feeling isolated and disconnected.

“Men usually tend to push away from people and they usually make up excuses to not engage with people,” said Morton social worker Mr. Luis Castenon.

With the rise of social media and tiktok Social media has also affected this issue TikTok’s algorithm often prioritizes content that is visually engaging and attention-grabbing, which can lead to a proliferation of unrealistic body standards and idealized images of masculinity. This can create pressure on men to conform to these ideals, which can contribute to body dissatisfaction, low self-esteem, and other negative psychological outcomes

“Public interviews on social media might affect men by showing them how women really are,” said an anonymous Morton male student.

Men are often socialized to be independent and self-sufficient, which can make it difficult for them to seek help and support when they are struggling, feeling lonely or isolated. young men may be spending more time online and less time engaging in face-to-face social interactions, which can lead to a sense of loneliness and disconnection

“When you think nobody cares about you, you feel like you don’t have nobody to talk to,” said another anonymous male student.

Young men may be experiencing a sense of disconnection and purposelessness as a result of struggling to find meaningful work or educational opportunities to work towards. Also, they may feel pressure and high expectations.