From We to I: Loneliness as Pandemic?
Covid-19 has changed the ways people live in hitherto unimagined ways. Self-isolation, social distancing and loneliness are connected, with up to 50% the world’s population in lockdown. These changes have exacerbated existing concerns about loneliness as a pandemic – concerns that lay behind a “Minister for Loneliness” being created in the U.K. in 2018. Other countries – USA, Germany, Switzerland – may follow suit. Prior to 2019 it was elderly loneliness that caused most concern, arguably because of the health costs for an ageing population. However, recent research like the BBC Loneliness Experiment highlights loneliness in young people. Nobody seems immune. So at this point more than ever, it is critical to consider the history of loneliness, how it affects people differently according to privilege, its bodily effects and how it is political and politicised. Because loneliness is as variable as human experience.Buy tickets/get more info now