The Lonely American

The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the Twenty-first Century by Jacqueline Olds and Richard Schwartz

HM 1131 .O43 2009

“In today’s world, it is more acceptable to be depressed than to be lonely – yet loneliness appears to be the inevitable by-product of our frenetic contemporary lifestyles.  According to the 2004 General Social Survey, one out of four Americans talked to no one about something of importance to them during the last six months.  Another remarkable fact emerged from the 2000 U.S. Census: more people are living alone today than at any point in the country’s history – fully 25 percent of households consist of one person only.  In this crucial look at one of America’s few remaining taboo subjects – loneliness – Drs. Jacqueline Olds and Richard S. Schwartz set out to understand the cultural imperatives, psychological dynamics, and physical mechanisms underlying social isolation.” — book jacket

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