Global loneliness and the wonders of human touch

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A young woman sits alone by a window, peering outside. Photo by Pixabay.

In the wake of the pandemic, there is much to be done to restore human connectivity, but loneliness is hardly a new phenomena. Long periods of isolated living in an increasingly virtual world is taking a toll on our health. Being lonely is especially prevalent in young adults and according to a 2019 survey from YouGov, one in five millennials reported that they didn’t have a single friend. KCRW speaks with Noreena Hertz, author of the book “The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World That's Pulling Apart.”  Also Doctor Tiffany Field talks about how the human touch can lead to less stress and a longer life.

Credits

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producer:
Andrea Brody