Connecting with others makes us human. Sharing love, laughter and even coffee with our neighbor unites us. Whether you’re in a park, a library, or a coffee shop, these shared spaces are essential for connecting with others.
In European countries, a cafe or coffee shop is always part of the community to promote these interactions. Spaces otherwise known as third places offer us an important space for interaction.
Millennials are increasingly depressed because they can’t find community.
Americans seeking a similar sense of community often face unforeseen obstacles. In many European countries, the average price of coffee is around 1-3 euros, but in the United States the prices are much less accessible.
Travel influencer Jimmy Sweeney discussed this very problem on TikTok. Americans face a higher barrier to entry to many potential third places, making it easier to go home rather than interact with others in a shared space.
While older generations in America might be able to take advantage of outdoor parks or coffee shops at cheaper prices, millennials and generationals don’t have the same luxury. This means they spend more time at home when they are not working.
A 2018 study on socializing showed that 18- to 24-year-olds spent almost 70% more time at home than other older generations.
Third Places provide safe, welcoming and accessible areas for community building and social interaction.
There is much more to third places and their meaning in society than the difference between work and home. Isabella Segalovich relayed Ray Oldenberg’s original definition to add context to a much larger discussion.
Third places are not only separate from work and home, but they are also neutral spaces where socioeconomic status is not measured, the atmosphere is welcoming and conversation is celebrated. According to Oldenberg, these spaces are the anchors of our communities.
With the rise of streaming services, social media and working from home, the need for younger generations to leave their homes is diminishing. Ultimately, the consequences, such as devastatingly high loneliness, increase and the accessibility of neutral spaces decreases.
Lack of community can contribute to social isolation and lead to mental health consequences such as depression and anxiety.
Isolation among younger generations, such as millennials and generations, has only become more common in recent years. During the pandemic, 61 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 reported being lonely often, compared to just 24 percent of older generations between the ages of 55 and 65.
Sitcoms and classic movies showed the dream of third places as spaces where our parents and grandparents reminisced about their glory days. But they have been in rapid decline for decades.
Due to this lack of interaction and social connections, more and more people begin to feel the consequences, increasing the number of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Gen Zers have created their own third place to find community.
While technology has played a role in this social isolation of millennials and generations, it has also helped create a new third place for people to interact and find community.
Social media, online chats, dating apps and other platforms have provided a space for previously isolated people to connect with others.
The consequences and benefits of the Internet go hand in hand. Although it increases social isolation in the traditional sense, social media can also provide many people with a community that was previously unavailable.
It has become a temporary solution to the larger crisis of social isolation, but social media is not a sustainable way to interact all the time. Things must change to promote community at the local and national level. Fostering a sense of community, connections and bonds must become a societal priority that is sustainable and accessible to all.
Zayda Slabbekoorn is a news and entertainment writer for YourTango, focusing on pop culture and people-interest stories.
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