As loneliness becomes an increasing object of study, researchers debate its causes and possible solutions. max-kegfire/Thinkstock With work eating up so much of your time, the weekend seems like a to-do list marathon, but don’t forget to enjoy your off-days. Sit back, relax and catch up on some of the HowStuffWorks articles you may have missed this week. The Missing Technologies like the internet and smartphones were expected to bring people together, which they have in some ways, but more people, especially the elderly, report feeling isolated. Are people getting lonelier? Experts are divided. Behavioral scientist Brian Primack believes some are at increased risk of loneliness because of certain societal trends. In the past, Americans lived in smaller spaces with larger families, but now everyone has their own car, room, TV, and they are less likely to communicate face-to-face. For most of human history, people have interacted with each other using facial expressions, hand gestures and body language. Computer-assisted communication often fails to convey the same nuance and subtleties. The Molecular The second season of Netflix’s hit show “Stranger Things” follows a group of children who must kill the Shadow Monster before it destroys their town. Fans of the show… Read full this story
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