Isolation - Living Oneself

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Lost in Thoughts by Eduardo Fujii

Lost in Thoughts

A large body of psychological research underscores the importance of human contact. Symptoms of social isolation can be detrimental to human health1 leading to actual physical pain2, poor sleep, a compromised immune system, cognitive decline3, and even death4. Loneliness can also lead to violence in adolescents and young men because “sometimes feeling lonely makes you feel angry and then you act crazy.”5

 

In the age of social media, more and more people are feeling isolated and depressed. According to one study by the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health at the University of Pittsburgh6, "social media use was significantly associated with increased depression" in young adults. It is not clear, however, if study subjects used more social media because they felt lonely and depressed, or the other way around. Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms have changed the long-held notion of friendship. They have replaced real relationships with online relationships, which tend to be superficial and ultimately dissatisfying. A study in Computers in Human Behavior concluded that Online social contacts are “not an effective alternative for offline social interactions.”7 Loneliness might be a passing emotion for some but it’s a recurring sense of desperation and sadness for others.

 

On the Edge by Eduardo Fujii

On the Edge

 

Footnotes:

1https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/out-the-ooze/201611/the-perils-social-isolation

2https://science.sciencemag.org/content/302/5643/290

3https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/mild-cognitive-impairment

4https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/05/ce-corner-isolation

5https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-crisis-connection/201912/the-cultural-roots-loneliness-and-violence

6https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26783723

7https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563213003063

 

The two images depicting isolation and loneliness on this page were selected for exhibition Isolation. Living Oneself curated by LoosenArt to be held at Millepiani Exhibition Space from March 6 to April 2, 2020. LoosenArt is an online gallery and platform dedicated to contemporary visual artists.

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