Thursday July 23, 2015

Loneliness is on the rise in the age of connectivity

Do you ever get lonely? Turns out, you're not alone. Why is it so hard to talk about loneliness?

Do you ever get lonely? Turns out, you're not alone. Why is it so hard to talk about loneliness? (Kalexander2010/Flickr cc)

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That lonely-hearted feeling. It's something that's moved many a songwriter to pen a weepy tune.

But when it comes to talking out loud about feeling lonely today, it's a subject that's still surprisingly taboo.

We live in a culture that prizes independence and self-reliance as markers of success. People stay single longer... and live alone more than ever. And our technological tools promise to make keeping in touch with friends -- or setting up a date -- as easy as swiping a screen.

But if it all leaves you with a sense of creeping isolation... then you're definitely not alone.

One quarter of Canadians who live by themselves report feeling lonely.

Today we're asking why it's still something we may find difficult to admit to... or talk about. 

  • Briony Smith is an entertainment editor at Flare Magazine.
  • Ami Rokach is an instructor at York University in the Psychology Department and a clinical psychologist. 
  • Dave Eddie is the author of "Damage Control" and a columnist for the Globe and Mail. 
Loneliness

One quarter of Canadians who live by themselves report feeling lonely. (stanley yuu/Flickr cc)

Do you ever get lonely... even with people around you? Do you feel like you can talk about your loneliness?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar, Shannon Higgins and Amil Niazi. 
 

RELATED LINKS

♦ Why Being Single Sucks - Briony Smith, Flare
♦ Life of solitude: A loneliness crisis is looming - The Globe & Mail