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Part of the reason our modern society is so lonely is it is so convenient.

Examples of this:
-We don't take public transportation; we drive our own individual cars.

-Finding enough food to survive is no longer a problem. Historically, there was a lot more human interaction in the production and gathering of food. No longer; we go out individually and buy it. Hell, we don't even have to go out anymore! We can order it over the phone or online and have it delivered to our door. How CONVENIENT (and conveniently isolating).

-Entertainment used to be a lot more difficult to come by; I'm thinking around the start of the 20th century. People actually used to have to go out to see concerts and talkies and circuses; not anymore. Power on, click, download and stream. You don't even have the level of interaction of paying another human being for your ticket. (Being in a chat room with someone while the movie plays is not the same as actually going out and interacting with strangers and other human beings.)

-Working from home is no longer unusual. We even have a comic strip with that as it's theme, Adam@Home.

-How often do you walk into your bank? ATM's often can and do fulfill most of our needs.

-Our commute times are abysmal, all so we can have the "convenience" of driving when and where we want. Commute time is oftentimes spent alone.

The impact of all this increased convenience is the human interaction has been eliminated. The IMPLICATION of having increased convenience is that we can be more productive with the resulting time, i.e. work more.

Thus my case for the correlation between convenience and isolation. Feel free to put more examples (and conflicting ones) in the comments.

However, there are cases where increased convenience doesn't equal isolation. Another factor mitigates these, however; discontinuity. )
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Oh dear god. I must tweak Zombies!!! so it runs less than 2.5 hours. Poor people; they were turning into zombies themselves by the end. It was still pretty fun, but even with the Super Zombie addition it's still too long and the players are too successful. I would spend some time thinking about it if I didn't have to do some more studying.
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Because I like games so much...

Compares (financial) life to a game of chess.
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Dear Astrid,

Don't tell me how you hate your new foster home. If they're not beating you, consider yourself lucky. Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.
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You're feeling bad. Crappy. Bleh.

You do something good for someone else, to bring a smile to their face, make them feel warm and fuzzy.

You feel good for helping someone else.

It's free energy. It's something from nothing. It's good from bad, love from evil.


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