The neuroscience of loneliness – and how technology is helping us

The neuroscience of loneliness – and how technology is helping us

Large numbers of people around the globe have been forced into solitudedue to the coronavirus pandemic. However, social distancing is utterly at oddswith our drive for social connection, the cornerstone of human evolution.Suddenly confronted with a lack of social interactions, many of us are now experiencing more loneliness. We are missing that reassuring hug or shoulder pat from another human – things we might normally expect in times of adversity. To cope, we try to fill the void with online social activities, such as synchronised Netflix viewings, games and video chat dance parties. But do ...


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