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The Loneliness Scare (Boston Review — Claude S. Fischer)

The Loneliness Scare (Boston Review — Claude S. Fischer) | loneliness | Scoop.it
Since 1975, an award-winning forum for political, cultural and literary ideas.

 

Loneliness is a social problem because lonely people suffer. But it’s not a growing problem. Moreover, the loneliness that should worry us is not generated by a teen’s Facebook humiliation, a globetrotter’s sense of disorientation, or the romantic languor of a novelist. It is, rather, the loneliness of the old man whose wife and best friends have died, the shunned schoolchild, the overburdened single mother, and the immigrant working the night shift to send money home. There’s nothing new or headline-worthy about their loneliness, but it is real and important.


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It's Inevitable: We're Human, We're Christian, and We're Lonely

It's Inevitable: We're Human, We're Christian, and We're Lonely | loneliness | Scoop.it
How an over-connected, over-independent culture keeps us from the intimacy we all crave.
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Alone, so alone, in Vancouver

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The Vancouver Foundation was shocked by what its survey of community leaders identified as a top-of-mind issue.
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IDEAS & TRENDS;Alone in the Vast Wasteland - New York Times

IF humans are naturally gregarious animals, some force outside nature must be keeping Americans apart. But what?Robert D.
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Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying

Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying | loneliness | Scoop.it
People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five.
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Rethinking the American Dream

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From world affairs to entertainment, business to fashion, crime to society, Vanity Fair is a cultural catalyst that drives the popular dialogue globally.
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American Dream Reference Page

American Dream Reference Page | loneliness | Scoop.it
American Dream, American, Dream, USA, America, social, religious, Mexican, Jewish, minorities, literature, education, school, English, Englisch, Schule, immigration, emigration, lesson, history...
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The Innovation of Loneliness

What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely? Quoting the words of Sherry Turkle from her TED talk - Connected, But Alone. (http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together.html) Also…
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The Lethality of Loneliness

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For the first time in history, we understand how isolation can ravage the body and brain. Now, what should we do about it?
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The Lonely American

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Americans are trying to reconnect with each other, but are increasingly alone. Lonlieness has become a way of life for people in America and the world.
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The Lonely American Just Got a Bit Lonelier - New York Times

The Lonely American Just Got a Bit Lonelier - New York Times | loneliness | Scoop.it
Americans are not only lacking in bowling partners, now they're lacking in people to tell their deepest, darkest secrets.
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The death of intimacy

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Martin Jacques: A selfish, market-driven society with deteriorating parent-child relationships is eroding our very humanity.
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Technology and Alienation

Sad, Lonely World Discovered in Cyberspace
By AMY HARMON
Published: August 30, 1998

 

Has technology built a new wall around us?

 

In the first concentrated study of the social and psychological effects of Internet use at home, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that people who spend even a few hours a week on line experience higher levels of depression and loneliness than if they used the computer network less frequently.

 

Participants who were lonelier and more depressed, as determined by standard questionnaires at the start of the two-year study, were no more drawn to the Internet than those who were originally happier and more socially engaged. Instead, Internet use itself appeared to cause a decline in psychological well-being, the researchers said.

The results of the $1.5 million project ran completely contrary to expectations of the social scientists who designed it and to many of the organizations that financed the study. These included technology companies like the Intel Corporation, Hewlett Packard, AT&T Research and Apple Computer, as well as the National Science Foundation.

 

''We were shocked by the findings, because they are counterintuitive to what we know about how socially the Internet is being used,'' said Robert Kraut, a social psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon's Human Computer Interaction Institute. ''We are not talking here about the extremes. These were normal adults and their families, and on average, for those who used the Internet most, things got worse.'

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