35 percent of adults over age forty-five are chronically lonely, compared to twenty percent twenty years ago.
According to the Diane Rehm show's segment today on National Public Radio (NPR) about the relationship between social media and loneliness in older adults, the rise in social media use may explain the increasing rates of loneliness among older adults.
Despite the segment's stance, there has been significant debate in the comments about whether or not this is true and who the research applies to. For example, some folks are saying that technological advances has caused our ability to connect with others to deteriorate. Yet, other folks are saying that technology provides ways to maintain connections that were not previously available, and that for individuals who have difficulties with mobility the internet has widened their social circles.
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