The Loneliness Epidemic [in the media]

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

People of all ages and backgrounds are affected by loneliness. In today’s technologically advanced and demographically changed society, we’re more lonely than ever before – even with the prevalence of social media.

Mark McCrindle joins Channel 7’s Daily Edition to discuss the loneliness epidemic. While there are a billion people on Facebook, social isolation is growing. Even social networking can be a misnomer, helping to create an anti-social environment that may promote competition and result in the illusion of authentic community. 

Social skills are certainly something that we need work on – with today’s new teachers Gen Y technological integrators, many are saavy at giving tech lessons but perhaps not facilitating as many social skills as would have been taught in the past.

While Australia is home to 8 million more people today than 30 years ago and while people are living closer together (in terms of density) than ever before, the tradition of community seems further. Single households are increasing, the median age for marriage is being pushed back to later in life, and screen time has also increased – all factors leading to greater social isolation.

Our recent research report shows that those who work from home may be especially prone to loneliness, with 1 in 5 work-from-home respondents indicating they oftentimes feel socially isolated.

Australians are encouraged to use online groups to find real life groups as opposed to staying online, using the technology in front of them to create real offline relationships.

Photo Credit: Channel 7

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