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The Loneliness of American Society
American Spectator, by Janice Shaw Crouse

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Posted By:konocti95, 5/18/2014 10:49:22 PM

The National Science Foundation (NSF) reported in its General Social Survey (GSS) that unprecedented numbers of Americans are lonely. Published in the American Sociological Review (ASR) and authored by Miller McPhearson, Lynn Smith-Lovin, and Matthew Brashears, sociologists at Duke and the University of Arizona, the study featured 1,500 face-to-face interviews where more than a quarter of the respondents — one in four — said that they have no one with whom they can talk about their personal troubles or triumphs.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: belwhatter, 5/18/2014 11:00:19 PM     (No. 9853756)

Glory be, the answer is simple, this is what churches are for. Loneliness is easy to cure and often requires the lonely person to make the first step out of perceived isolation. Reach out and you´ll be surprised at how effective it is. Everyone has some kind of talent which has value to another . Empower yourself and just do it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 5/18/2014 11:18:55 PM     (No. 9853769)

It may take a bit more effort to connect to people nowadays for a variety of reasons, but it can still be done. Our church bulletin today mentioned 4-5 events that anyone could participate in. There are MeetUp.com groups for almost every interest imaginable.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 4Justice, 5/18/2014 11:24:09 PM     (No. 9853775)

Our society has become isolated and people have become more self-centered and self-absorbed. I think a lot of it is due to the breakdown of the traditional nuclear family, the media and entertainment industries and their concerted effort to socially engineer the American people, and our ever increasingly transient society where folks have to work more just to get by. Also, the high tech revolution has created more work and everything is actually more time consuming now--especially when one has to constantly learn how to use new, often complicated, technology just to keep up on the job. Finally, people spend more time on the computer, watching TV, playing games, texting or fooling around on their smart phones that they don´t engage in direct personal relationships as much.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: stablemoney, 5/18/2014 11:32:07 PM     (No. 9853782)

The left need to stand up and take credit for destroying the family. Obama and Biden should take a bow for splintering the electorate with constant agitation. I used to be able to at least talk to a liberal. I have now decided it is a waste of time.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: smcchk, 5/19/2014 12:24:51 AM     (No. 9853803)

The saddest thing is how many young mothers have or want to work. When moms are not at home, there are no eyes and ears to monitor the neighborhood which allowed children to play freely.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 5/19/2014 1:45:59 AM     (No. 9853824)

#5, moms who aren´t at home don´t get to know the neighbors well, either.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TXknitter, 5/19/2014 3:03:01 AM     (No. 9853838)

Speaking of neighborhoods, how empty and quiet many of them are most of the time now. The other afternoon,
our lovely tree-lined neighborhood was uncharacteristically active as our ladies walking club did our thing. It seemed like everyone´s grandchildren were visiting. The lovely sounds of children playing, giggling while playing tag and riding bikes filled the air. We all were rather taken aback at how lovely, how right, how NORMAL it all seemed. We were each remembering growing up in an America where what we were witnessing was blessedly commonplace.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Japanorama, 5/19/2014 3:39:03 AM     (No. 9853846)

I see lots of young Americans sitting on their asses, surfing the Web or messaging.
Young people don´t seem much interested in face-to-face conversation.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: chumley, 5/19/2014 5:44:44 AM     (No. 9853855)

Its not lack of church. People have always avoided church and were not lonely.
It is the electronic stimulation from all angles. During the week long power outages a couple years ago, people in my neighborhood came out to chat with the neighbors, share resources and catch up on news. As soon as the power came back on and there was a choice, everyone went back into their own worlds.
We seem to have exactly what we want.

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