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    Default Social Isolation and Stress Management

    Dr. Linda J. Dobberstein
    September 28, 2020


    Unlike any other time in recent history because of COVID-19, social isolation is the new normal. Months of shut down in various forms and ongoing social isolation has taken a toll on so many. From kids not able to hang out with friends to the elderly in nursing homes with very tight restrictions on visitation and everything in between, social isolation is real. No longer can you shake hands or give someone a hug in an exchange of human touch and connection.

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    Some people feel that technology isolates us from the world. I couldn't agree more, it connects us especially these trying times.

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    I agree that technology--despite all its wonderful benefits--can help to make people feel isolated. But, social isolation and the feeling of loneliness is pervasive. It's a worldwide problem. For ex., Great Britain, in 2018, created a cabinet level position, called "Minister of Loneliness," after more than 9 million people reported feeling socially isolated.

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    I can't understand whether Havanana is agreeing or disagreeing with the premise. I can see how technology isolates us when I watch two people sitting side-by-side and texting each other instead of carrying on a live conversation. On the other hand, social media can connect us in ways that nothing else can. I don't have time for more than one, so I don't use Instagram or Twitter; Facebook is my home. There I have many friends. We discuss current events, share the things we are passionate about, post photos, make jokes and take the edge off the anxiety we all share in these chaotic times. I even do video phone calls occasionally with family and close friends... which is about as close as technology can bring you to real life.
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