Loneliness [Radio National LNL] broadcast date: 6 October 2014

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Would really recommend listening to this Australian podcast. Some points discussed included:
– personal Facebook – the personal narrative is “happy, happy”, false & Stefanie Dowrick believes that lonely people are particularly vulnerable to it & that such inauthentic posts can make lonely people feel awful;
– digital connection at the expense of face-to-face contact with others – social media are tools; non-authentic communication can make you feel ok at the time, but ultimately more lonely
– loneliness is not about being alone, but not having people you can trust & talk to – getting support therefore does not necessarily lower it (if that support is not trusted)
– loneliness is not the absence of social skills

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