Vickers’s web of connections had grown broader but shallower, as has happened for many of us.We are living in an isolation that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors, and yet we have never been more accessible.On whatever scale you care to judge Facebook—as a company, as a culture, as a country—it is vast beyond imagination.
A report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society.
Playboy playmate and B-movie star, best known for her role in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, would have been 83 last August, but nobody knows exactly how old she was when she died.
Certainly she received much more attention in death than she did in the final years of her life.
With no children, no religious group, and no immediate social circle of any kind, she had begun, as an elderly woman, to look elsewhere for companionship.
In a world consumed by ever more novel modes of socializing, we have less and less actual society.