I read a disturbing news article today.
It talks about how loneliness is reaching epidemic proportions in our society.
Apparently, despite our world being more connected than ever, people are connecting less and less on a personal level.
It’s all about posting selfies on Facebook…
Not about developing meaningful, personal relationships with real people, face to face.
And, without meaning and purpose in their relationships, more and more people are experiencing the negative effects of chronic loneliness in their lives.
From the article:
“The trouble is that chronic loneliness doesn’t just make you feel terrible – it’s also terrible for you. Loneliness elevates our risk of developing a range of disorders, including cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive decline, and metastatic cancer. It also weakens the immune system, making us more susceptible to infections.”
So what can be done?
Everybody has seemingly forgotten how to connect with others.
These days, it’s hard to have a night out at a restaurant without everyone checking their cell phones during dinner.
The article goes on to suggest a pill.
There are scientists working on a pill for loneliness.
Instead of teaching young people about the psychological need for face-to-face interaction, and developing simple social skills, they want to drug them up.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
But, something else from the article caught my attention:
“If we could successfully reduce the alarm system in the minds of lonely individuals, then we could have them reconnect, rather than withdraw from others”
And that give me hope.
Because you can do that without drugs.
You can easily learn to relax and adjust to normal social interaction with simple meditation.
I’ve even developed a subliminal session specifically for loneliness, to help you break free from the mental and emotional prison that social media has apparently created for so many people.