Most of us have felt lonely at times. But others certainly feel it more than others.
A survey in January 2020 revealed that more than three in five Americans are lonely, with more and more people reporting feeling like they are left out, poorly understood and lacking companionship.
Scientific American wrote in July that loneliness has been a growing problem for decades and it’s only been made worse by the COVID-19 lockdown. The requirement that we sequester ourselves whenever possible, venturing outside our homes only for essentials and maintaining a six-foot minimum distance from fellow shoppers or exercisers, has been frustrating – even painful. While keeping to ourselves helps prevents coronavirus’ spread, humans are social creatures and prolonged isolation takes a toll on our mental health.
“The average American’s number of close confidants (individuals with whom we can discuss important matters) has been shrinking,” the magazine wrote. “Adults in the U.S. had three confidants in 1985 compared to just two in 2004. And approximately one in four Americans reported having no close confidants in 2004 – an almost threefold increase from 1985.
We wonder how RVers are faring. Are you having a difficult time with loneliness, or is not an issue with you?