Sunday, February 1, 2009

Alone Time

I turned on the radio a few minutes ago and was excited to find that the current program was "To the Best of Our Knowledge." After listening for a few minutes, I realized that the episode was about loneliness and being alone. This is a topic I've given a lot of thought in the last year or two as I've tried to find a partner with whom to share my life; however, the different segments discussed different elements of loneliness and it made me reflect on whether or not author John Cacioppo (Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection) would consider me "lonely." For all of my desires for a romantic relationship, I have lots of friends, confidants, acquaintances, family members, resources, etc. and all of those people give me so much that I couldn't possibly be really lonely.

To hear this interesting, thought-provoking program for yourself, click here.

As an example of a Craigslist guy who doesn't sound at all lonely:

A MIX OF CLINT, KEANU, AND BIG BIRD. - 20

1 comment:

Lanafactrix said...

I tend to think it varies so from situation to situation, though. I mean, look at you and me. I have a boyfriend, while you don't, so some people might automatically say you're more lonely. But my relationship is long-distance, and you live very close to your parents and many of your close friends, whereas I live very far away from my family and most of my friends. So it suddenly becomes a lot more difficult to say.