Research by Relationships Australia released in 2018 revealed one in six Australians experience emotional loneliness, which means they lack meaningful relationships in their lives.
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?
Vietnamese migrants at a multicultural event near Perth. Migrants in our survey who assimilated to Australian culture reported having higher personal well-being than those who didn’t.
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A resent research survey found assimilation can not only help migrants be happy in the short term, but it can help combat social isolation in their old age.
In 1924, Canberra’s civic planners placed a ban on front fences to stop people forming ghettos.
In a time of populist momentum to 'build a wall', your front fence says more than you think.
Christmas can be a lonely time for older people, particularly the growing number who live in rural areas. Technology could help the crisis of social isolation in old age.
A woman cools down in a water fountain as she beats the heat in Montreal on Monday, July 2, 2018.
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Heatwave deaths this summer make it clear: climate change is a severe public health threat, and those who live alone are at greatest risk.
Alone in the crowd, but not lonely.
Recent news reports suggest that the US is experiencing a loneliness epidemic. But the research is a bit more complicated.
It seems loneliness among older people is expected – by everyone except the elderly themselves.
Older people are less lonely than we think, but more importantly loneliness is something they face all year round – not just at Christmas.
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When people feel discriminated against because of their religion, they can feel threatened, triggering feelings of social isolation that can perhaps increase prejudice toward others.
Highton Shopping Village in Geelong.
Low-density suburbs can cause social isolation that's harmful for individual and community well-being. But research confirms we can plan neighbourhood centres so they become vibrant social hubs.
Out and about.
Poverty, insecurity and social isolation have a major impact on public health.
In the mid-1990s, body modification enthusiasts – a long-ostracized subculture – created an online community that incorporated blogs, dating and wikis.
Even though Facebook claims to be a global community, its rise has come at the expense of online subcultures for marginalized people, from body modification enthusiasts to drag queens.
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When human contact is cut off, the brain begins to act in strange ways to preserve its sanity.
There is a clear link between pain and depression, but does pain make us depressed, or does depression cause pain?
Having already had depression or anxiety increases the risk of developing persistent pain, and developing a chronically painful condition dramatically increases chances of becoming depressed.
It's not all isolation and cyber-bullying: technology offers access to communication and therapies that could help sufferers of mental illness.
We know that social isolation can thrive in the suburbs - so how can we better plan our cities?
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Social isolation and loneliness are becoming common in our large cities. Our cities are sprawling, housing is becoming more unaffordable, people are travelling further and longer in their cars and household…