Here's an excellent summary from Slate of the very real dangers of loneliness and isolation … and the stigma associated with admitting that you're a "lonely" person.
"Loneliness has doubled: 40 percent of adults in two recent surveys said they were lonely, up from 20 percent in the 1980s.
All of our Internet interactions aren't helping and may be making loneliness worse. A recent study of Facebook users found that the amount of time you spend on the social network is inversely related to how happy you feel throughout the day.
In a society that judges you based on how expansive your social networks appear, loneliness is difficult to fess up to. It feels shameful." Could a key step in building community be acknowledging the stigma associated with isolation for many people?
Relevant for church leaders, and all trying to foster true community in the modern world.
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