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Glad You Asked: Why Are We So Lonely?

Joie Jacoby, Joe Posner, Chad Mumm

5 mins

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In this episode of Glad You Asked, Alex Clark and Christophe Haubursin trace back the roots of the modern-day loneliness epidemic and unravel the reasons behind its prevalence in our world.


Glad You Asked: Why Are We So Lonely?

Glad You Asked: Why Are We So Lonely?

by Joie Jacoby


Loneliness has been labeled an epidemic by multiple national and international health organizations. In 2018, about half of the U.S. population reported feeling isolated. With many others struggling with loneliness in silence, the numbers may be even higher.

Glad You Asked is a Vox docuseries developed in partnership with YouTube Originals. The series follows hosts and producers Cleo Abram, Alex Clark, Joss Fong, and Christophe Haubursin as they explore a wide range of modern-day questions.

In this episode, Clark and Haubursin investigate the crushing loneliness that plagues the contemporary world. From its psychological and physical effects to the social mechanisms that contribute to the isolation of a person or group, the episode debunks the intricacies of loneliness and unravel ways in which we can fight it - and prevent it.

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Loneliness might be a greater fear than death.

- Fred Russo, ROMEO Club member

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