Behavioral Trends: Lonely People

 

Lonely People

 

The breakthrough in communications technology has allowed us to be more connected than before, yet we feel more lonely than ever. We have been replacing face-to-face conversations with shallow interactions, and relationships are formed and replaced more easily today. We prefer to present a better and edited version of ourselves. We are afraid of intimacy.
 

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CAMPAIGN TO END LONELINESS

Human contact is becoming scarcer and scarcer. According to statistics, there are 9 million lonely people in Great Britain, with about 4 million of them being elderly citizens. Nowadays, as people are increasingly reluctant to connect with strangers and insist on using their phones, it feels awkward, out of place and even unsafe to simply strike up a conversation with a stranger. The UK-based Campaign to End Loneliness seeks to provide tools for coping with loneliness, including the most obvious one: connecting with people and making new friends. To older lonely people, it provides a much-needed support system, and helps them feel cared for and increases their livelihoods; and to the younger people who might connect with them, it provides a chance to receive advice from much more experienced people and a peek into the past through their memories. An effective, heartfelt cure to the loneliness epidemic.

Lonely People - Campaign to End Loneliness

campaigntoendloneliness.org

PHUBBING

Have you ever been deep in conversation with someone, only to have them take out their phone and ignore you? That’s “phubbing”, and it has been proven to damage relationships, since it diminishes the value of face-to-face conversations and makes time spent together less meaningful. It excludes people and leads them to feel lonelier and can lead to depression and lower self-esteem.

lonely people - phubbing

wikipedia/phubbing

THE INNOVATION OF LONELINESS

What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely? This video was created by motion designer Shimi Cohen as his final project at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, and draws inspiration from Sherry Turkle’s book Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other. A great short video, a must see about loneliness and its consequences.

lonely people - the innovation of loneliness

vimeo.com/70534716

TALKLIFE APP

Life can be incredibly tough for anybody. It can suck, it can feel lonely, and let’s admit it: that’s hard to say out loud. We all know that and maybe, sometimes, we’ve just been made to feel a little afraid to say it. TalkLife is here for everyone and anyone who just needs someone to talk to. Who just needs someone to listen. Because, hey, we all do. You’re never alone here.

lonely people - talklife app

talklife.co

LUMI DOLLS HOTEL (BARCELONA)

Feeling lonely? Lumi Dolls hotel is a brothel attended by silicone dolls, since 2017. No much more to say about it, great for those people who can’t relate to real women and can’t afford to buy a silicone doll on their own.

lonely people - lumidolls hotel

lumidolls.com

 

Click here to navigate our list of Behavioral Trends for value creation, full of insights and needstates, written from a post-demographic human-centered perspective by our partner Andrea Lobo.

 

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