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You can’t threaten or humiliate a virus. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

When confronting the coronavirus, tough isn’t enough

The 'tough guy' is a cultural archetype that political leaders have long adopted. But during crises, Americans tend to look for a different kind of hero.
Rates of depression are expected to rise in the wake of coronavirus, as isolation and financial woes multiply. GettyImages/Photo by Ashley Cooper/Corbis

COVID-19 could lead to an epidemic of clinical depression

Stress, loss, loneliness and isolation are key factors in clinical depression, which affects millions. The US was unprepared for COVID-19 – will it remain unprepared for its medical aftermath?
Research by Relationships Australia released in 2018 revealed one in six Australians experience emotional loneliness, which means they lack meaningful relationships in their lives. SHUTTERSTOCK

Does social media make us more or less lonely? Depends on how you use it

There is heavy social media use among both the most lonely and least lonely people. So what exactly is the relationship between social media use and loneliness?
Young adults and people living in the inner city are among those most likely to be lonely, according to the ABC’s Australia Talks project. from www.shutterstock.com

Loneliness is a social cancer, every bit as alarming as cancer itself

Loneliness is a bigger cause of death than a poor diet, obesity, alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise, and it's on a par with heavy smoking. So let's get talking about it.
Sexbot Emma, from AI Tech, is advertised as a “real AI you can talk to”. She offers “warm hugs” and will “feel your feelings”. YouTube/Screenshot

Robots with benefits: how sexbots are marketed as companions

Sexbot advertising promises more than just sex toys. It is also trying to sell us a soulmate or trusted friend.
Who’s a good doggie? New dog owners benefit from cuddles, meeting other dog owners and more physical exercise. from www.shutterstock.com

Dogs really can chase away loneliness

Cuddles and slobbery kisses, meeting other dog owners in the park and a general lift in mood all likely help new dog owners feel less lonely, our new study suggests.
One in three 18 to 25 year olds reported feeling lonely three or more times in the past week. Todd Diemer

1 in 3 young adults is lonely – and it affects their mental health

Loneliness is often triggered by significant life events, and young people have these in abundance. But the solution isn't as simple as joining a group or trying harder to make friends.
Alex Trebek pictured in Pasadena, California on May 5, 2019. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

The Trebek effect: The benefits of well wishes

Alex Trebek raised an interesting question when he thanked well-wishers for supporting him in his fight against pancreatic cancer: Do prayers and good thoughts really have a medical effect?
People living in private rental housing were much more likely than social housing residents to say they felt lonely. Dundanim/Shutterstock

‘I really have thought this can’t go on’: loneliness looms for rising numbers of older private renters

Increasing numbers of older Australians don't own their homes. Whether they are private renters or live in social housing can make a big difference to their risk of loneliness and anxiety.

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