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So­cial me­dia de­bate

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On so­cial me­dia, peo­ple re­acted to the find­ings of the study con­ducted in the UK and shared their own ex­pe­ri­ences of lone­li­ness.

SekHee Tan: Feel­ing anx­ious. ‘Alone­ness’ vs ‘Lone­li­ness’ ... 1 in 5 adults have no close friends to talk to ... young adults are more likely to ex­pe­ri­ence lone­li­ness.

Andy Law­son: I have Asperger’s so mak­ing new friends is a chore for me. It’s not that I don’t want friends, I just find it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to [start] a con­ver­sa­tion and al­low peo­ple into my in­ner self cir­cle. I would add though that so­cial me­dia could be a fac­tor of peo­ple be­com­ing less so­cial, iron­i­cally, in so­ci­ety.

Claes We­icher: Been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this since child­hood. Know a lot of peo­ple but have zero so­cial in­ter­ac­tion un­less it’s work or party re­lated. And it’s not be­cause I am not try­ing to con­nect, it’s quite the con­trary. With time I have learned to ac­cept that this is the way things are but that doesn’t mean I don’t ex­pe­ri­ence lone­li­ness.

@PouTe­pou: When I travel I like to sit down and have a chat with the Uber driver, the waiter ... re­tired folks who want to share thier wis­dom and young peo­ple who have all the an­swers.

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