lonely loneliness unhappy mental health

Jobs & Housing Make Life Unlivable in the Old Way

Is Modern Life Making Us Lonely?

Some people seek isolation, but few choose to be lonely. Many must unite to resolve the issue on a structural level. This 2013 excerpt is from the BBC, Apr 8.

by Vanessa Barford

Loneliness not only makes us unhappy, but it is bad for us. It can lead to a lack of confidence and mental health problems like depression, stress, and anxiety.

Studies have consistently shown that one in 10 of us is lonely, but a report by the Mental Health Foundation suggests loneliness among young people is increasing.

At the same time, social changes such as the rise of the solo dweller and the surge in social networks, combined with an ageing population, are changing the way people interact with each other.

The figures suggest that in southern Europe people are less inclined to live alone. In Greece, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria and Romania, that amounts to fewer than 10% of people, with Malta having the lowest rate at about 7%.

People's social networks have got smaller and families are not providing the same level of social context they may have done 50 years ago. It's not because they are bad or uncaring families, but it's to do with geographical distance, marriage breakdown, multiple caring responsibilities, and longer working hours.

In examining how the dream of home ownership created tiny flats for individuals, homes housing not just nuclear families but servants and lodgers too.

We'll look back and think 'how did we allow that to happen? It's like looking back at the issue of children going to work at 12 -- there's something so fundamentally wrong with what's happening.

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JJS: Many people must pay the price for having to work too much or far way, and for having to live in a settlement pattern shaped by cars instead of by pedestrians, cyclists, car-sharers, and transit riders. Both problems -- dominance of jobs and dominance of cars -- can be resolved by geonomics. Where people have to pay land dues, they use land efficiently, and that squeezes out the current addiction to the automobile. And where people receive their fair share of recovered rents, they can afford to say “take this job and shove it”. So how about a marriage of the geoist movement and the lonely hearts club?


Editor Jeffery J. Smith runs the Forum on Geonomics and helped prepare a course for the UN on geonomics. To take the “Land Rights” course, click here .

Also see:

As Recorded By a Nurse

Job Insecurity

Health -- Sleep & Performance, Aging & Attitude

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