Ridding the world from solitude and loneliness

Even today this quote from the French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac still manages to capture the irony of loneliness. That even when we are alone, we still need a friend with whom we can share the enjoyment of life.

Much has changed from Balzac’s times; the world has undergone through periods of technological and industrial revolution and unprecedented economic growth has brought us in places our ancestors could have never imagined. But even after all this progress, the world is still struggling with huge numbers of people experiencing loneliness. The 2020 Loneliness index published by Cigna reported that three in five adults in the US experience loneliness. This number is particularly important, given that 2020 was a year that most people spent at home due to the coronavirus.

With the arrival of the global pandemic, many are now saying that the lockdown restrictions have pushed us further and quicker into embracing a digital life. Now more than ever people are relying on the internet to stay connected. From classes to business meetings and court hearings we ditched in-person meetings for Zoom, Webex, and Skype calls. As such, we can say that we have been granted a glimpse at the future.

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