4 loneliness is one of the first things ordinary

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4. Loneliness is one of the first things ordinary Americans spend their money achieving. 5. Loneliness is not a matter of external conditions; it is a psychological state. 6. Real danger with Facebook is not that it allows us to isolate ourselves (b) The author explains why: 1. Only if their spouses are confidants. 2. Because the threat of societal breakdown. 3. Because you’re more likely to be put in a geriatric home 3. Because you’re less likely to exercise. 3. Because you are more likely to be depressed, to sleep badly, and to suffer dementia 4. Because with money you flee the cramped city to a house in the suburbs 5. Showed that the tendency toward loneliness has roughly the same genetic component as other psychological problems such as neuroticism or anxiety. 6. Mixing our appetite for isolation with our sanity, it threatens to alter the very nature of solitude. Passage 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 predicts loneliness.” 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.

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