It’s the critical experience missing from millennials’ lives that makes them so depressed

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.

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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.

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