Lonliness Isn't New
by By John Johnson
- 1954 is when Swanson TV dinners (frozen TV dinners) and the color TV were introduced to Americans and marked the slow transition from family dining room dinners to family dinners in front of the TV.
- “The modern world not only made it mandatory to have a partner. It also made it feel essential to have a vibrant gang of friends and to enjoy seeing them regularly at parties.”
- Loneliness is a narrative we tell ourselves and it’s not a new narrative by any means.
- “Isolation isn’t a particular curse. It’s just where good people tend to end up.”
- “The way to make people feel less alone is to reassure them that being alone is no sign of failure.”
It can be comforting to know that loneliness isn’t a new feeling. Perhaps, the feeling was even more pronounced generations ago because of the lack of technology, but that’s just how things were. Today it seems that the inverse is true. Because of the proliferation of technology, loneliness feels more apparent and the diagnosis is echoed louder.