May 12 – Lookin’ for Love in All the Wrong Places

It’s said that “America has a loneliness epidemic” (see NPR‘s recent piece at

So what? Well, here are the consequences of loneliness according to a recent advisory from the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy :

  1. “you can feel lonely even if you have a lot of people around you, because loneliness is about the quality of your connections.”
  2. the physical consequences of poor connection can be devastating, including a 29% increased risk of heart disease; a 32% increased risk of stroke; and a 50% increased risk of developing dementia for older adults
  3. many young people now use social media as a replacement for in-person relationships, and this often meant lower-quality connections.
  4. U.S. participation in community organizations — from faith groups to recreational leagues — has declined in recent decades.
  5. 2022 paper from Johns Hopkins University also found socially isolated older adults had a higher chance of developing dementia than their peers. “Social connections matter for our cognitive health, and the risk of social isolation is potentially modifiable for older adults,”

Today’s senryu: Lookin’ for Love in All the Wrong Places

we all need to love

giving and receiving love

look for love wisely

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