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Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Published on 3/17/2017
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Are You Lonesome Tonight?

 

When Elvis Presley sang 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?' back in 1960 it was an immediate success, topping the US billboards and to this day still ranks as one of the 'All-Time Top 100 Songs'.

 

So why did such a song resonate so strongly with people? Perhaps it's because the subject of loneliness was and still is an emotive issue.

Thanks to the advances of the digital revolution, we now live in a world where we've never been more 'connected'. This connectivity affords us the luxury of contacting loved ones, family, friends and acquaintances, around the world at any time ... and yet, research widely suggests that many people feel more alone than ever before.

 

In the UK, a recent study carried out by the University of Bolton showed 68 percent of adults say they feel lonely often, always or sometimes. Though loneliness and social isolation is often identified as the predicament of the elderly, the study also highlighted the growing sense of loneliness felt by young people aged 18-34. In fact young people appeared to be the loneliest of all social groups.

 

It's fair to say that loneliness is a problem affecting all ages despite the endless means of connecting with others through email, text, skype, snap chat, tweets, MSN or social media chat to name just a few. This indicates that 'connectivity' does not always result in 'meaningful interaction'.
I'm not going to denounce the usefulness of technology, in fact I welcome new and exciting possibilities in the area of communication but our desire to have faster, easier and more accessible ways of connecting with others seems to be sacrificing the very thing we are trying to achieve.

 

Connectivity does not always result in meaningful interaction.


In our haste to become more efficient we are unwittingly neglecting the basic human need for face to face interaction, preferring the option of a quick hello using one of our many devices. Though the convenience is undeniable, there is a huge price to be pay for the lack of face to face connections. We risk compromising the skill of conversing, which involves learning to listen, reading body language as well as speaking. There is something very special about being in the presence of another and making eye contact, this simple act alone can make us feel less alone.


Of course loneliness can take many forms, it may be caused by a lack physical company, mental illness or a feeling of alienation and not fitting in. Young people in particular often express feeling lonely within their peer groups, and to make matters worse they often have a fear of initiating conversation with others, especially someone new. I have witnessed on many occasions, a group of young people out together in a social setting but not speaking to each other because they are too busy on their phones. Again this comes back to the idea of 'connectivity without meaningful interaction'.


Thankfully, for older generations who remember what life was like pre Internet, making conversation was all we had and it served us well. But we must not become complacent, it's very easy to become victims of technology and cease interacting in a meaningful way. I strongly believe 'meaningful interaction is the antidote to loneliness'. Whether we feel sad, alone or alienated, reaching out is our best hope. Equally, we can also reach out to those who are struggling with loneliness and let them know that they are not alone.


In an ideal world we would be both connected AND fully interactive with others. If you have a regular online presences ask yourself, am I just connected to others or do I practice meaningful interaction?


Connected = having access to associates/ social media friends.


Meaningful Interaction = sharing value with others online and offline. Taking the time to appreciate what others share with you.

 

Let's make the world less of a lonely place by spending some quality time fully engaged in the presence of others.

Bev Austin

 

I wish you Happiness, Health and Wealth!!!

 


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