To compensate for unmet social needs, people project lifelike qualities onto objects to feel connected. But this doesn’t fully meet people’s needs, so they collect more and more objects.
Many studies have shown that time outdoors is good for our physical health. Three wilderness education experts explain why periods alone in nature also provide mental and spiritual benefits.
The government has announced funding to combat loneliness in the elderly.
Recent news reports suggest that the US is experiencing a loneliness epidemic. But the research is a bit more complicated.
The condition is nothing short of a public health emergency.
Third places are shared spaces where people can informally socialise. As a potential antidote to the modern scourge of loneliness, it's worth asking what makes the best of these places tick.
Although loneliness may seem timeless and universal, the word seems to have originated in the 16th century,
Around 140 Australian nursing-home residents have taken their own lives between 2000 and 2013, our new study shows.
Both young and old can feel like they don't belong. But loneliness is a social problem, with a social solution.
Social isolation is linked to higher blood pressure, lower cognitive abilities and even increased chances of premature death.
We should be worried about the development of social skills in a world where everyone can have their 'perfect' AI friend.
The long, dark days of winter can be a particularly lonely time for some people. But hermits, in many religious traditions, often found joy in being alone.
ATMs, self-scan checkouts, automated calls, digital therapists ... no wonder we're all lonely.
Posting on social media, reaching a group of friends all at once, can make connecting with others less threatening for people who experience social anxiety.
This month, we're talking risk. Three experts give their perspective on how long you might live, how to deal with loneliness – and how to step outside your comfort zone.
Christmas can be a particularly hard time of year, and dogs are a vital support for many of the most vulnerable in our society.
Author and social researcher Hugh Mackay says fragmentation was among the key themes of 2017 – but he has some concrete suggestions on how we can do better in 2018.
Older people are less lonely than we think, but more importantly loneliness is something they face all year round – not just at Christmas.
There are many ways in which older people can engage in their communities and meet new people this Christmas.
Residents may be right to fear for their lives.