In today’s world of social media and advanced technology that aims towards connecting people and making social interactions available, we couldn’t be more disconnected from real problems and public health issues. Loneliness is a real problem, a modern public health issue that seems to be more present now that anytime in near past. According to many that live in London, loneliness is a common problem particularly in this city. A city of “sociable loners” as one citizen pointed out during an interview.
Loneliness is a universal feeling, we all get that from time to time, but people that are overpowered by this affliction aren’t able to uplift themselves and change the way they feel. They feel disconnected from their fellow citizens, family, and friends and can’t find a way to change things for the better.
A recent survey conducted by BBC on loneliness, reveals that a third of survey participants, which is more than 55,000 citizens, felt often disconnected, lonely and hopeless in terms of connecting to people around them sharing ideas, and expressing emotions and thoughts in general. The biggest problem about it, as it seems, it that it is not considered as a real modern world problem. Instead, it’s regarded as a way of thinking and perceiving the world around us, a point of view of individual. By ignoring this serious public health issue we help it spread and increase. Instead of doing that, we should focus on doing whatever possible and spreading the word to fight the cause to those around you.
What Can be Done About it?
Although it was recently confirmed that social platforms like Instagram and Facebook make people more miserable by looking up to those with that promote unrealistic lifestyle and “happiness” they an be used to help fight loneliness. People look up to Instagram influencers and those with a high count of followers and want to be the same, and achieve that level of “happiness”. When in reality the same people that make those beautiful pictures and posts about that type of lifestyle, are indeed lonely themselves. They rely on their followers to confirm that their way to promoting their lifestyle is beneficial for everyone.
Seeing photos and posts of people having fun, and allegedly enjoying life by showing a glimpse of their fancy dinner evenings, or whatever event, makes people ask themselves “why can’t I be the same?”. By portraying these fake and unrealistic scenes of what is considered as fun, these Instagrammers contribute to increasing loneliness and anxiety among people. They themselves aren’t genuinely happy in these photos, but they promote this type of false happiness because it’s popular and because it makes them feel wanted. A good way to isolate yourself from that is to avoid influencers and people on social media in general that promote this type of fake lifestyle.
We haven’t really learned to notice loneliness and depression by observing body language. Instead we focus on worlds and often even if we notice that someone is having a hard time neglect the fact that we can help, that we can do something about it instead of just ignoring it. It all comes back to actions of individual and what you can do about it. We all have friends and family members that are going through a tough period. And a way to cope with that is to try to help and interact, promote healthy way of exchanging ideas and emotions. We all know that talking about a specific topic makes us feel better, as sharing it with another person helps us overcome our problems. With this mindset we can all help and contribute towards fighting loneliness on large or small scale.