A Biography of LonelinessA Biography of Loneliness
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A Biography of Loneliness

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Fay Bound Alberti

Despite popular belief, loneliness isn't as universal as people tend to assume. It's actually a product of the modern age and a diverse one at that. As opposed to the "oneliness" of the 19th century, loneliness today involves a severe sense of lack, which impacts everything from widowhood to social networking. So rather than being viewed as an inevitable part of old age or a consequence of technological development, we need to examine loneliness from its historical perspective.

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As with any emotion, we like to think of loneliness as universal. However, its history is quite recent. In this book, cultural historian Fay Bound Alberti examines how loneliness has gained such prominence in contemporary society by exploring the evolution of the concept since its origin around 1800.

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Despite popular belief, loneliness isn't as universal as people tend to assume. It's actually a product of the modern age and a diverse one at that. As opposed to the "oneliness" of the 19th century, loneliness today involves a severe sense of lack, which impacts everything from widowhood to social networking. So rather than being viewed as an inevitable part of old age or a consequence of technological development, we need to examine loneliness from its historical perspective.

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The idea of loneliness is a relatively new one, and these days it's considered an epidemic.

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In response to societal changes, the meaning of "lonely" has evolved over the past two centuries.

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It's still as seductive as ever to imagine a soulmate today - and just as dangerous.

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We must do more to assist elderly people experiencing loneliness.

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Today, loneliness has become a modern condition, and we should rethink how we view it.

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