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Touching distance: Could this be the answer to our loneliness epidemic?

New research proposes that touch could help us bridge divides

By Steph Singer and Mirko Farina  

In December 2009, the Guardian claimed that “real loneliness can do serious damage.” In January 2011, the BBC pronounced loneliness a “hidden killer” of the elderly. In December 2017, New York Times asserted that “loneliness leads to poorer physical and mental health”.

Several psychological studies have also demonstrated that loneliness is associated with an increase in the risk of premature mortality. They say that income, education, sex, and ethnicity are not protective, and that the condition is contagious.

According to a recent Community Life Survey 2017-2018 and to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 6…

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