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There's a lot we don't know about loneliness. That's why at Lonely Times, we are committed to having a different kind of conversation.
Loneliness is not a fixed emotional state but rather an ever-changing experience. It manifests uniquely for each of us as we navigate through life.
Loneliness is not about being alone. We have spoken to hundreds of people who feel lonely despite having: loving partner(s), friends, a caring community, or the dream career.
Loneliness is also a physical experience. For instance, extreme loneliness can release as much stress hormone cortisol as if you were punched in the face by a stranger.
Taking a step back, the loneliness epidemic is reflected across society. Research shows that 1 in 4 Australians feel lonely most of the time. 16-35 year olds are the loneliest group, with loneliness felt most acutely at times of life transistion.
Loneliness is an individual yet collective condition. But it is not permanent - and can be fleeting in nature. We are social beings, and our health (physical and mental) depends on our connection with others.
We believe that there cannot be a one-size-fits-all response to loneliness. Your insights will inform more nuanced conversation, co-creating a connected future.