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Why are you lonely?

Kate Andrews

I've been thinking about this one a lot over recent years. Great to see this topic featured on FastCo.

This animation by graphic designer Shimi Cohen is a fresh and subtly soul-wrenching reminder of the way our screens can become cells of solitary confinement. Watch this.

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  • renlazz

    This is a great topic for my research. I am currently working on my MS in Forensic Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice and a minor in Law. I recently completed my BS in Psychology followed by a three year Human Services Program. Ironically I have focused my research the past two years and current on loneliness, solitary confinement and its adjuncts such as unforced types of confinement and chosen isolation. I have concentrated on inmates in solitary confinement, Military Vets, elderly persons, people that live in remote areas miles from communities, people that have lost their drivers licenses and home schooled children. The adjuncts such as choosing isolation and confinements where someone can socialize but chooses not to do so, include people with anxieties and other social fears. As I am aware that there is no comparison to an inmate that has committed a crime to a Military Vet or elderly person... the comparisons for isolation and loneliness are necessary for my research. Each category, although very different, will all most likely tell you that social communication is something they desire, but for whatever their reason (forced or unforced), they get so used to loneliness and isolation that transitioning back into social skills is a very difficult task.