Everyone likes to be alone; no one likes to be lonely.
Being alone is fine. We need time by ourselves.
Being lonely is not fine. We are made to be social.
Large portions of Americans are disconnected from normal connecting institutions. And many report chronic loneliness. Social media is generally hurting more than helping loneliness. But COVID-19 has not made a big difference.
For several reasons, loneliness is a particular problem for men.
Loneliness is the sorrowful feeling of having become disconnected from others when a connection is felt to be needed. To use standard definition, loneliness occurs when the quantity and quality of connections we have is less than we want…It is commonly accompanied by despair and anger…
People can be lonely in different ways. “Social loneliness refers to longing for an absent social network, whereas emotional loneliness refers to longing for an absent intimate, close, and emotional attachment (Weiss, 1973).” …Knowing which a person is feeling can help know how to help them.
Meaningful connection is also a biological need. Read more»
Christopher Chelpka | Facts About Loneliness and Things That Can Help | July 16, 2021
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