Psychology & Psychiatry

The neuroscience of loneliness – and how technology is helping us

Large numbers of people around the globe have been forced into solitude due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, social distancing is utterly at odds with our drive for social connection, the cornerstone of human evolution.

Psychology & Psychiatry

How loneliness affects end-of-life experiences

In a study of Americans over age 50 years who died between 2004 and 2014, individuals who were characterized as lonely based on survey results were burdened by more symptoms and received more intense end-of-life care compared ...

Genetics

Both DNA, environment make us 'only the lonely'

In the relationship equivalent of the Whack-A-Mole carnival game, we doggedly swipe right, tap 'like' and share photos that vanish within seconds – relentlessly hitting at superficial connections with as many people as ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

One in four Australians are lonely

One in four Australians are lonely, our new report has found, and it's not just a problem among older Australians – it affects both genders and almost all age groups.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Loneliness is contagious – and here's how to beat it

Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults. It damages your brain, immune system, and can lead to depression and suicide. Loneliness can also increase your risk of dying prematurely as much as smoking ...

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