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I am living within a mile radius of thousands of people between the ages of 18 and I am in classes with people who share my interests, I am in clubs with people who share my passions, I eat meals with friends, and I go to parties on the weekends.
I am consistently in spaces populated by people having a shared experience, and I can honestly say I have never felt so alone. A study published by Cigna just over six months ago found that Americans between the ages of 18 and 22 are the loneliest generation currently living.
It would be easy to blame technology. Texting, Snapchat, Skype, Facebook, and Instagram — all of these forms of communication taking place in the virtual realm are cheap knockoffs of human connection. Meaningful bonds are created through mutual understanding of each others vulnerabilities, however the screen of a laptop, tablet, or smartphone functions almost like a barrier.
This combination of a false sense of reality as well as a bleak sensory experience makes fulfilling human relationships difficult to foster in an increasingly virtual world. We live in a hypercompetitive world. Gold medals, the honor roll, and job promotions are just a few of the ways we commend people for producing excellence. However, this commedation is not just a pat on the back, it also acts as a label, as an identifier.
They allow us to shape our sense of self, as these stamps of approval provide a way for us to not only feel appreciated it allows us to feel seen. However, how do you give someone a gold star for having meaningful relationships? How do you reward them for being a supportive friend or partner? In this hypercompetitive world we are raised to believe that our time and effort are a type of currency. You work hard at something, you achieve excellence and then you are rewarded with a label.
However, this transactional nature is not applicable to interpersonal relationships. Helping your friend through a breakup is not something you can add to your Linkedin . With a decreasing of face-to-face connections, as well as a lack of value put on the importance of meaningful connections, we have created a society where loneliness is not only possible but extremely probable. Some of you may be saying so what? You may be thinking college kids are coddled Netflix addicts who need to learn how to be comfortable being uncomfortable.
However, the ramifications of loneliness are much greater than many can imagine. In an article published in the Harvard Business Review, Dr. Vivek H. However, feelings of disconnection have ramifications beyond mental and physical well being. According to research done by professors at Penn and Cal State Sacramento, loneliness in the work-force has a negative impact on employee performance. If workers are less efficient and lacking loyalty to their place of employment, you not only have a revolving door of hired staff, but also an inefficient use of resources. This latter part is especially important.
People prioritize their work lives in an attempt to find a sense of self. However, the loneliness that from this decision hinders their efficiency, meaning more time and energy must be spent in the office to achieve said excellence, leaving even less time to nurture meaningful relationships.
And so things begin to snowball. We spend more time at work, we get more lonely, we become less efficient, and the cycle repeats itself. When I first started writing this article I assumed life after college would be better. We have a societal epidemic that is affecting human health as well as the health of our economy. Tune in next week to find out. Post Views: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn. You may also like.Lonely in claremont
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Confessions of a Lonely College Girl