Loneliness comes in all shapes and sizes

By Cora Bishoppetty
On January 24, 2020

Cora Bishoppetty, photographer


In this modern digital age, lone­liness has become one of the most dis­cussed and preva­lent topics that have come to light recent­ly. Many studies and articles have been written over this ev­er-growing epidem­ic among developed countries and whom it affects most. A majority of articles and recent findings have reported that loneliness has been more frequent in people who are 50 and older. However, as an aspiring educator, I think we need to focus on how loneliness is affecting our children.

Most people may think, “Now wait a second, children?” Yes, children. According to The Week, loneliness is defined as “the emo­tional state created when people have fewer social contacts and meaningful relationships than they would like—relationships that make them feel known and understood.”

Every child has their own story and their own home life. Having those meaningful relationships are vital to the social-emotional development of a child. You develop those so­cial-emotional connections throughout your life; from the time you hear your parents’ voice when you are born and until you are old, diss­ing the youngest generation. Sadly enough, a lot of children are not getting social-emotional development because they are lonely.

After school, some children come home to an empty house. Children then begin to lack the nurturing side of their parents’ presence. This all goes back to children not being able to build those meaningful relationships. Yes, children do have school and friends, but not every student is good at making friends or has the knowledge or skills to communicate their feelings and needs. This loneliness then leads to many other problems.

Loneliness consumes the whole body and mind of a person, regardless of age. Sci­entists and doctors have found that it can cause people to get sick more easily and they are more susceptible to depression. When children become sick, they aren’t able to go to school, which is some kids’ only access to others. When children are lonely, they start to dread the end of the day because, soon enough, they will be walking into a house of empty chairs. Eventually, that starts to con­sume their whole mind and body, which then distracts them from what they are supposed to be doing. Loneliness is affecting our children’s education. Education is vital for making our children better citizens of the world.

With that in mind, it is a wonderful thing that society is now starting to recognize the ever-growing epidemic of loneliness. It is not just prevalent in people who are 50 and older. Loneliness comes in all shapes and siz­es, races and creeds. We need to now shift our focus over to our younger people. Children should be focused on learning, thriving and growing. Once a child cries because they do not want to go home due to the loneliness they feel there, we know we are failing as a society.

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