Episode 22: Why Modern Society Makes Us More Lonely

March 20, 2024

About the Episode

I came across some mildly terrifying statistics on loneliness and wanted to figure out what was going on.

In this episode Drew and I break down three paradoxes we’re calling “The Three Paradoxes of Modern Loneliness” and they are as follows:

1. We are more connected than ever, yet loneliness is at an all-time high

2. The more urbanized our lifestyles become, the lonelier we become

3. Despite being more social, young people are becoming lonelier than older people

Join us as we dig into the data and discuss why this all might be happening and what we can do about it. Check it out.

Mark Manson Quotes From the Episode

Building a friendship takes weeks, months, even years. To build up to the deep, meaningful stuff, you have to put in the hours on the surface-level, less meaningful stuff.
We’re in a social bubble where we just want to cocoon ourselves with those who do the same things and think the same things we do. And our tolerance level of people who don’t drops.
There’s something about being in the room with somebody—feeling their presence, reading their body language, seeing the same things, hearing the same things, smelling the same things. You can’t replicate that through an Instagram DM or a tweet thread.

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