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Are you lonesome tonite?

February 21, 2016

When Elvis Presley crooned these forlorn words back in 1960 only 25 per cent of us[1] admitted to feeling occasionally lonely. Our friends were close, our relatives closer, and our on line time was limited to something like 500 telephone calls per capita annually[2] in Canada.

Our face-to-face interactions provided us with all the voice inflection, body language, facial expressions and pheromones[3] the experts contend we need to pump up our immune systems, enjoy healthy relationships, manage stress and bring meaning to our lives. In fact, many of us as kids can admit to moments when we sought out closets, washrooms, basements and tree houses to take a break from intimacy and just be alone.