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How to break the cycle of loneliness (with Louise Hawkley, PhD)

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An alarming number of Americans are lonely. Recent estimates range from 22 percent to as high as 61 percent, and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic made “social distancing” a household term. Louise Hawkley, PhD, an expert on loneliness and social isolation, says the loneliness “epidemic” has serious consequences for our health as individuals and as a society. On Road to Resilience, Dr. Hawkley explains what happens when our hardwired social “hunger” isn’t satisfied, and how loneliness can become a vicious cycle. Plus, she weighs in on the role of social media and offers advice on breaking pandemic-related social isolation.

Louise Hawkley, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago.

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