Front cover of report with title and picture of young men

A brief overview of our ‘Love, Lust and Loneliness’ report

So you’ll hopefully have seen on our social media that we’ve got this report out – ‘Love, Lust and Loneliness’.

Now we know what you’re thinking: that’s an awesome title. And yes, we’d agree with you, we think it’s cool too.

But you might also be thinking: what is it actually about? what’s it for? what does it say?

Well, we guessed that you’d be thinking that, so we’ve written this short overview of the report, with four big questions answered: 1) Why have we written it?  2) How did we research it?  3) What did we find out from it?  4) What do we plan to do about it?

So here goes…

1) Why have we written it?

We really wanted to know how young guys aged 16-19 are experiencing relationships today. Here at Status, we like to think we’ve got a pretty good idea of the things young guys are facing, but there’s obviously nothing like hearing what they have to say themselves. So we set out to find out more about 16-19 year old males – their hopes, their fears, what they do, and where they find support.

2) How did we research it?

Status did a survey with 500 males aged 16-19 across the UK, and this was backed up by in-depth interviews with 18 young men in pairs, from Oldham in Greater Manchester, Loughborough in Leicestershire, and Dorking in Surrey.

3) What did we find out from it?

The 16-19 year old males we surveyed and those we interviewed had surprisingly traditional goals for romantic relationships. 93% said they hoped to get married and 86% expect to have children someday. But there was a big difference between what the guys aspired to and what they actually expect: 64% said they’re worried about being alone; 60% fear they’ll never find love; and 61% are worried they’ll be a disappointment in a relationship. There are loads of stats we could have mentioned, but these are some of the headlines.

4) What do we plan to do about it?

Well, 8 in 10 of the young men said they would have liked better relationship advice and support, so we plan to provide great advice and support. But how?

Three ways: 1) Status has a great website full of content which can offer guidance for relationships; 2) Status is also on social media platforms – Facebook and Twitter – and these are spaces where you can come and interact with each other and with relationship experts to get the help you want; and 3) by the end of July, Status will have a vlogger, an agony uncle figure who can give advice and who you can send questions, comments and opinions to.


So that’s a brief overview of what the report says. If you get time, please read the full report here: And if you have any questions about it, please comment on our Facebook posts or tweet us. We’d love to hear from you!

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