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Snitz drills down on the Loneliness Epidemic

In a double-blind study, test subjects who read the Spritzler Report:

  • 35% higher feelings of well-being,

  • Were 50% less "lonely"

  • 95% were offended by the content being posted.

The double-blind study being administered in lab by our crack team of twin vision impaired psychoanalysts.

Loneliness epidemic

Earlier this month, the Surgeon General — America’s “top doctor” — Vivek Murthy, released an 81-page advisory report on the epidemic of loneliness and isolation, bringing attention to the concerning trend of social disconnection in America.

In a guest essay in the NYT, Murthy cites several studies that show how prolonged loneliness affects our physical and mental health negatively, reportedly akin to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, with higher risks of heart disease, stroke, anxiety, depression, and dementia.

While it's true that the percentage of Americans who report feeling lonely has fallen from the very peak of “pandemic loneliness”, the trend of increased disconnection arguably started years before lockdown. Indeed, the average time spent alone increased by 12 hours a month between 2003 and 2019, per the report.

Searching for friends

Although obviously not a perfect analysis, this trend can even be seen in data from Google, which shows a surge in searches for phrases like "where to make friends", "how to meet people", and "social groups near me”.

In battling this epidemic the Surgeon General is calling for an improvement in "social infrastructure", such as sports teams, religious groups, libraries, and parks, where people can more easily connect. Would anyone be interested in a meetup for chart-lovers?

Some light reading for you:

Surgeon General's report on loneliness and isolation. At only 82 pages, they might want to add & "boredom".

Gallup poll on loneliness. Spoiler alert. Maine, New England and the Midwest are the most lonely places.

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