Pandemic ‘delayed’ social development in young adults

A new study has found that the pandemic is “delaying” the social development of young adults, which could lead to complications for years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be much more than health. Although health played a big role, there were ripple effects that are only being studied.


These ripple effects can be seen in children and youth across the country and around the world. They’ve missed many experiences throughout the pandemic, and while the world is getting back to normal, they may still be struggling. Studies are constantly being carried out to examine the impact of the pandemic and what can be done to repair the damage caused.

According Study findingsa A study has found that the pandemic may have “delayed” the social development of young adults, and that as they have children of their own, these traits could be “passed on”.

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The study was carried out by researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainzand it can be read in full here. He found that the intense fear and anxiety of 2020 caused this social development delay in young adults, starting as young as 18.

To complete the study, they looked at more than 800 participants from California. They studied 415 participants for 8 months in 2020, then compared their results to a study done on participants in 2019. What they found was that those in the 2020 study reported less contentment in romantic relationships and a decline in intimacy. Their social support and inclusion also declined.

The researchers said that ideally, young adults would choose their social networks, form friendships and romantic relationships, and find their place in the professional world. JThese relationships will serve them well for the rest of their lives. However, this was interrupted during the pandemic, and it may have put them back on the path of life.

However, the pandemic was not the only one to blame. 2020 has been one of the most difficult years for the United States, with the George Floyd incident and the presidential election researchers say all of this has had a cumulative effect on young adults, and it is maybe time to start looking at how they can be helped. Social development is important, and it’s a critical period in a person’s life, it can be embarrassing when studies show that an entire generation is being held back where they should be.

Sources: Study findings, SAGE ad

Joel C. Hicks