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Jan 17, 2021 - Philadelphia Inquirer

Lots of people are lonely these days. Months of stay-at-home orders and other limits on face-to-face contact are taking their toll. But even before the pandemic introduced us to terms like "social distancing," loneliness was a defining condition of the 21st century: More than one-fifth of U.S. adults said in a 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation survey that they "often" or "always" felt lonely, lacking in companionship, left out or isolated. Britain even appointed a minister for loneliness three years...