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Changing the future of loneliness?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by kibosh, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ste..._b_8472476.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-tech&ir=UK+Tech

    "Of course, the Internet is only one piece in the jigsaw - it can not and should not replace meaningful relationships, everyday human interaction and real world experiences. But it can enhance them and make life a little easier for anyone who finds it hard to get out and about. We have a lot to do if we are to change the future of loneliness, but if we all do something small the collective impact will mean a more connected future for all of us."

    I'd be interested to read people's views on this, from whatever perspective.
     
  2. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I think the internet is wonderful and it will enable me to live a better life as I get older. I mean to make a real effort to keep up with the changes in technology because having someone else do all the fetching and carrying.
    Plus, there will be you lot to chat to!
     
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  3. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    WHy shouldn't older people enjoy an online social scene?
     
  4. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    What?!!

    This isn't a meaningful relationship?

    Me and you @kibosh?
    You and I @Flere-lmsaho?


    [​IMG]
     
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  5. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    In my mid-20s the Internet was literally a lifeline; I was suffering from depression, my parents lived 100 miles away, only two or three friends within a 20-minute drive who were busy with their own lives... I joined an online forum (not this one!) and suddenly had "somewhere to be" and people to talk to. It carried me through that dark time and I have met many of the people from that forum and two have become close friends.
    Nowadays I'm not depressed but don't have many friends or any family nearby and can feel down because of it, so to come on TES is a helpful source of interaction for me.
     
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  6. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    In years to come, will loneliness have become an emotional phenomenon of the past?
    *edited to add: assuming that everyone has the digi-skills to get online*
    *and a broadband connection*
     
  7. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Looking at my first post, I think I need to work on finishing sentences not technology.
     
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  8. cuteinpuce

    cuteinpuce Star commenter

    I get the sense that preferring one's own company is increasingly considered to be a psychological concern. We are seen, whether we like it or not, as social animals.
     
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  9. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    I might be tempted to live in an elderly commune (ecommunes) rather than on my own. The net might be a way of helping this happen. I think there ought to be a network of ecommunes and wrinklies can move around a bit until they settle.
     
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  10. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    You are all my imaginary friends!
    Hugs! Xx
     
  11. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    Are your on-line relationships meaningful?
    Is it possible for internet-based communications to meet all our social needs ?
     
  12. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    It's nice to see you posting again, Flere . . . . you been on my mind.
     
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  13. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    I agree.
    If it came down to being only allowed a restricted quantity of conversations (with people outside of your immediate household) per day, how many conversations do you think you could happily 'survive' on? 1? 3? 23?
     
  14. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    That's deep. I'm going to have a little think.
     
  15. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    What circumstances make you (makes one) feel lonely?
    p.s I'm not directing the question at the previous poster, but anyone who wants to reply (or not).
     
  16. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I read the other day that, by 2035, 1 in 12 of us will be over 80!!
    Some serious consequences there.
     
  17. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

     
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  18. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I've not been away. Just feeling less chatty.
     
  19. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter


    They are meaningful but can never replace face to face interaction. Not for me.
     
  20. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I think the line between on line and other relationships is blurring all the time. There are chunks of my family I only interact with online - it's more meaningful than the letter every year at birthdays!
     
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