Modern Loneliness, Explained

"The idea that we will never have to be alone is shaping a new way of being."

This is eerily dystopian. ("We're faking experiences so we can have something to share, so we can feel alive.") It's sort of interesting and also popular but preachy and uses words like distincting. We are not "all obsessed with endless personal promotion." Are we? Still? Follow me on twitter to find out?

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James Hamblin, MD, is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He writes the health column for the monthly magazine and hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk.

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