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Exercise 2: Facebook Passage The author argues... The author explains... Americans are more solitary than before. Solitary living does not guarantee a life of unhappiness. Loneliness and being alone are not the same thing. Loneliness is hard to diagnose or measure. Loneliness is not a matter of external conditions; it is a psychological state. Loneliness has been increasing drastically over a short period. Married people are less lonely than single people. Facebook alters the nature of solitude. The new studies on loneliness are beginning to yield some surprising preliminary findings about mechanisms. A belief in god might help or it might not. Loneliness and being alone are both on the rise. The decrease in confidants - that is, in quality social connections - Facebook's promise of greater connection initially seemed deeply attractive. Solitary living does not guarantee a life of unhappiness.

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