People sit on the blue chairs of the Promenade des Anglais before their removal to avoid public gatherings during the second national lockdown as part of the measures to fight a second wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nice, France, November 12, 2020. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

Friend rentals and robots: How businesses are creating solutions for the loneliness epidemic

Companionship and cuddles are on sale as ‘the loneliness economy’ takes off amidst a spike in the rate of isolation

Students are lonelier than ever

Loneliness is a silent resident on post-secondary campuses. Why aren’t we talking about it?

The new Food Guide’s best advice: eat with others

Peter Shawn Taylor: There’s plenty of evidence that if we follow this simple advice, we won’t need governments telling us what to eat in the first place

Why we should talk about masculinity more often

On issues like friendship, loneliness, and education, it’s vital for men to openly interrogate masculinity’s core precepts, writes Tabatha Southey

The sadness that can lurk beneath the holiday cheer

Opinion: There remains a reluctance to seek support for loneliness—and that can have real consequences

Donald Trump and our crisis of loneliness

Scott Gilmore: Surveys reveal that people are living increasingly isolated existences, and it may help explain the rise of far-right politics

The view from 22

A review of ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’ by Marina Keegan

All the lonely old people

An epidemic of loneliness is Britain’s ‘national shame’ and a growing health crisis among the elderly


Amiel: I’m hearing a lot about loneliness

Daul Kim, 20, had lots of friends and was hugely successful. Still, she felt ‘like a ghost.’


Loneliness is just as unhealthy as smoking

Loneliness can hurt like hell. A new book by researchers at the University of Chicago says that loneliness, like pain, is an important signaller to people about the danger they’re in. They found that loneliness is just as bad for your health as smoking, obesity or high blood pressure.