Is Australia experiencing an epidemic of loneliness?

Why is loneliness important to study

Social connection has been studied extensively, both in Australia and overseas, with authors now firmly agreeing about the importance of social connection in shaping wellbeing across the life span, particularly in later life. So important and fundamental is our need to belong, it has often been considered as central to human evolution, with group membership increasing the survival of the human species by encouraging our ancestors to coordinate activities that promoted advantages such as sharing and protecting food, shelter and resources (Baumeister & Learly, 1995).

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