Thursday 8 December 2016

Social media is no cure for the loneliness of modern life

Published 30/09/2015 | 02:30

With social media connecting us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, how can there be time to be lonely?
With social media connecting us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, how can there be time to be lonely?

Loneliness has traditionally been seen as an affliction of the elderly, but recent research has shown that it is reaching epidemic proportions among 30 to 40-year-olds.

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It's hard to imagine someone with a partner, two small children, a job and a home feeling lonely, yet these are the very people who are suffering.

The fact is that modern living is making us lonelier. So much so that it is considered to be the next big public health issue. Apparently, loneliness can increase mortality risk by 26pc.

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