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  1. Ruth says

    This is a great post, and I wholeheartedly agree that something needs to be done about this, across all age groups, to be honest. I think younger people are overlooked because people don’t delve beyond the idea we’re all so connected now. It doesn’t just mean nobody gets lonely anymore and, like you say, it can actually worsen the issue.

    I think people need to talk to each other and take care of each other. People think I’m odd because I love it when random people talk to me when I’m out and about. When an old person sits next to me on a bench and starts discussing the weather, it makes my day! I know some people are just lonely, and that’s what they need – someone to listen.

    I’m 27, I moved to a new place last year and there are days when I feel horribly lonely, even though I live with my boyfriend. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression in April, and I do believe this was quite a key reason in why. Even just the little things, like wanting to go shopping with someone. You can’t do those things across the internet.

    Sorry, ended up rambling a little, but it’s definitely an issue which needs more attention.I think your blog post about it is a great way to start.

    Ruth | http://www.ruthinrevolt.com

    • Emily says

      That wasn’t rambley at all, thanks for such a thought out comment! I totally agree with you about random people chatting to me, it’s so lovely sometimes. I moved to a new place too at the end of last year and it’s been difficult being away from friends and family sometimes x

  2. Giulia says

    This is a well-researched and very interesting article. Loneliness is such an epidemic in today’s society, we need to talk about it more.

  3. Elizabeth Auwarter says

    I love this post! As a teacher of high school students, I find this information helpful in reaching them. Their loneliness can make them do things they wouldn’t normally because of their desire to be accepted and loved.

    I also suffer from chronic illness, fibromyalgia specifically. It can be terribly lonely because I can’t go to things I planned with people, sometimes at the last minute. This can give the wrong impression that I don’t want to hang out. The online community has been a help in that I have found others who have the same difficulties. It is beautiful to know you are not alone.

    You are right that social media has it’s good and bad points though. I have found that my attitude or reason for posting makes a big difference in my attitude after posting it. If I am looking for others approval, usually it only makes my loneliness worse. If I post out of joy and just a desire to share my experiences, it can be a healing experience.

    • Emily says

      Thank you so much for your comment! It’s great to know you find this kind of info useful. I know what you mean about social media, it’s great when you’re using it in ways that help you and that are fun but once you start trying to ‘compete’ with others or comparing yourself that’s when it becomes a not-so-good invention

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