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

But social media might not be a longterm solution.
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Alone in the crowd, but not lonely.

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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

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