What Do We Know About Loneliness and Work?

Spend any time reading about loneliness, and you’ll quickly hit upon a scary statistic: Since 1985 the share of people who have no one to confide in has tripled, to 25%. This statistic is common internet knowledge; it’s also wrong. The research paper it comes from — which also suggests that nearly half of all Americans feel isolated — has been refuted by multiple follow-up studies . As it turns out, structural flaws in the survey account for the seemingly massive jump. At least one of the original study’s authors concedes that the data is unreliable . But the statistic...

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