The Pudding has an insightful little visual essay about the ongoing epidemic of loneliness. Socialization was understandably hit hard by the pandemic, but we still haven’t recovered to our previous levels. Lack of socialization can lead to a downward spiral, explained here:

in a cruel twist, loneliness makes us feel more threatened by social interactions – the very thing we need. So we crawl deeper into isolation, creating a cycle of loneliness. Former US surgeon general Vivek Murthy writes: “Over time, this vicious cycle may convince us we don’t matter to anyone and that we’re unworthy of love.”

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Thanks, Lee!