Loneliness is one of the first things ordinary Americans spend their money achieving.
Loneliness is not a matter of external conditions; it is a psychological state.
Real danger with Facebook is not that it allows us to isolate ourselves
(b) The author explains why:
Only if their spouses are confidants.
Because the threat of societal breakdown.
Because you’re more likely to be put in a geriatric home
Because you’re less likely to exercise.
Because you are more likely to be depressed, to sleep badly, and to suffer dementia
Because with money you flee the cramped city to a house in the suburbs
Showed that the tendency toward loneliness has roughly the same genetic component as other
psychological problems such as neuroticism or anxiety.
Mixing our appetite for isolation with our sanity, it threatens to alter the very nature of solitude.
FACEBOOK ARRIVED IN THE MIDDLE of a dramatic increase in the quantity and intensity
of human loneliness, a rise that initially made the site’s promise of greater connection seem
deeply attractive. Americans are more solitary than ever before. In 1950, less than 10 percent of
American households contained only one person. By 2010, nearly 27 percent of households had
just one person. Solitary living does not guarantee a life of unhappiness, of course. In his recent
book about the trend toward living alone, Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at NYU, writes: “Reams
of published research show that it’s the quality, not the quantity of social interaction, that best
We know intuitively that loneliness and being alone are not the same thing. Solitude can be
lovely. Crowded parties can be agony. We also know, thanks to a growing body of research on
the topic, that loneliness is not a matter of external conditions; it is a psychological state. A 2005
analysis of data from a longitudinal study of Dutch twins showed that the tendency toward
loneliness has roughly the same genetic component as other psychological problems such as
neuroticism or anxiety.