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During coronavirus lockdowns, gardens have served as an escape from feelings of alienation. Richard Bord/Getty Images

The impulse to garden in hard times has deep roots

What drives people to garden isn't the fear of hunger so much as hunger for physical contact – and a longing to engage in work that is real.
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, and the health care system isn’t ready for that, either

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.

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