Why Are We So Lonely? - Glad You Asked S1

Published on 8 Jan 2020, 13:02
We often make assumptions about the things that make us lonely. But research shows that the amount of time you spend with other people, and the quality of our social skills don't really make a difference. So why is it that nearly half of the U.S. population reports feeling lonely regularly? Glad You Asked hosts Alex Clark and Christophe Haubursin set off to discover what causes loneliness, how it affects our health, and what to do to address it.

Resources for help:
Crisis Text Line
U.S - text 741741
Canada - text 686868

U.S. National Suicide Prevention Hotline

IASP International Crisis Center Resource List

SAMHSA Health Treatment Services Locator


AARP Community Connections Locator

Key Sources:
Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Human Connection goodreads.com/book/show/2753527-loneline...

States Congress Joint Economic Committee Report - All the Lonely Americans jec.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/republic...

Cigna’s U.S. Loneliness Index (2018) multivu.com/players/English/8294451-cign...

Social Relationships and Mortality Risk ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20668659

American Enterprise Institute Report - A Loneliness Epidemic? aei.org/research-products/report/lonelin...

Toward a Neurology of Loneliness ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5130107...

Social Network Size in Humans courses.washington.edu/ccab/Hill%20and%2...

You’ve Got to Have (150) Friends nytimes.com/2010/12/26/opinion/26dunbar....

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