Popular Science

Americans spend more time alone than ever—but that doesn’t mean we’re lonely

But social media might not be a longterm solution.
social isolation

Alone in the crowd, but not lonely.


Are Americans becoming lonelier?

On May 1, NPR reported on a survey about loneliness conducted by Cigna, a large health insurance company. Cigna asked over 20,000 American adults if they agreed with statements like “People are around me but not with me” and “No one really knows me well.” The survey found that younger Americans were lonelier than older Americans.

But while doing research for my upcoming book on empathy

Citiți o mostră, înregistrați-vă pentru a citi în continuare.

Mai multe de la Popular Science

Popular Science10 min citite
Breathing Room
During New York City’s first COVID-19 surge, an oasis beckoned stressed and exhausted Mount Sinai Hospital physicians, nurses, and other frontliners. During breaks or between shifts, they could sink into high-backed chairs beneath a canopy of silk tr
Popular Science1 min cititeTelecommunications
Calm And Tranquility Live In The Cloud, Too
WHAT DO YOU REACH FOR when you need some soothing? A cozy blanket, a cup of tea, or maybe even your smartphone? That stiff hunk of hardware doesn’t exactly scream comfort, but if you look past its glassy exterior, you’ll find that it lets you relax i
Popular Science1 min citite
Head Rests
Down (or down-like) bolsters often start off supportive, then sink to envelop your head like a taco shell. The Purple Harmony features a firm latex core so it stays plump, while a soft, rubbery mesh on the outside neatly conforms to your noggin. Snoo