There is a sad development in many parts of the world today. It’s the loneliness epidemic. Though it’s relatively invisible, more and more people are affected by it.
In Britain, for instance, more than nine million people often or always feel lonely. Since Britain has a population of 65 million, it means that about 13% of the population feel lonely. The problem is so serious that the government recently appointed a minister for loneliness.
In Japan, there is a phenomenon called hikikomori. Many people shut themselves in their rooms and refuse to go out for months or even years. The phenomenon affects an estimated 700,000 people out of Japan’s 126 million population. There is a book on the phenomenon (I haven’t read it, though).
This issue really bothers me, so I’d like to know your thoughts about it. Here are my questions to you:
Why does it happen?
What is the best way to overcome it?
Feel free to answer one of the questions or both. Please leave your answer in the comments so that everyone can read it. Thanks!