A history of loneliness

By Amelia S. Worsley, Assistant Professor of English, Amherst College. Edward Hopper’s ‘Office in a Small City’ (1953). Gandalf’s Gallery, CC BY-NC-SA Is loneliness our modern malaise? Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says the most common pathology he saw during his years of service “was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness.” Chronic loneliness,…

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Loneliness and our electronic personal assistants

Conversations with Siri have almost become a pastime as people find new ways to garner funny responses from the iPhone personal assistant. A new study indicates that time spent chilling with your phone, or other human-like gadgets like Amazon’s Alexa, could actually hinder your IRL relationships. Those who are lonely typically spend time with real people…

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