The Loneliness Epidemic

A number of recent studies have indicated that loneliness has been steadily increasing in developed societies. Britain has taken the unusual step of appointing a minister for loneliness. As the ways by which people can be connected increase,  the feeling of being alone has risen as well. Studies indicate loneliness impacts health to a degree greater than obesity or smoking. Some cite causes for a rise in loneliness to the fact that we often live at large distances away from our extended family and have a growing reliance on social technology rather than face to face communication. Other experts suggest that relationships are becoming more superficial and less rewarding as the varieties of technological forms of communication increase. This Sunday I will explore this issue and reasons why congregations like ours have an important role to play in addressing this social trend.