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Download The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the Twenty-first Century Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (54 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacqueline Olds Narrator: Joy Shaw Publisher: Caravan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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What are the personal and societal effects of the unheralded epidemic of social isolation in America? Calling on their extensive clinical experience, social surveys (including the 2004 General Social Survey and the Pew Internet and American Life Project), and recent research on the physiological and cognitive effects of social exclusion, Olds and Schwartz uncover the ripple effects of social isolation in areas as varied as physical health, children's emotional problems, substance abuse, violent crime - even global warming. They conclude that electronic connection is no substitute for face-to-face interaction.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jules | 6/10/2013

    " A timely critique on American culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Dale | 1/4/2013

    " Very readable and a well-informed and interesting reflection on what is happening to many people in Western societies, not just America. Loneliness is often a taboo subject but can have a profound effect on how vulnerable we are to mental (and physical) ill-health. A very important topic I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Docaay | 11/14/2012

    " Interesting ideas. I can see where "he was so quiet and never bothered his neighbors" might be a warning signal given the thesis of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 10/20/2012

    " Poor us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 10/5/2012

    " I really liked this indepth look at how many factors in modern America have contributed to a rise in loneliness. It definitely made me think about why I sleep with a cell phone on my nightstand and encouraged me to pick up the phone instead of sending an email. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandhya Simhan | 8/9/2012

    " Interesting concepts but lots of fluff material and anecdotes that are neither entertaining nor informative much less both. Only read if you enjoy psych articles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Weinstein | 2/15/2011

    " Wow, is this a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 7/18/2010

    " Thought-provoking, indeed... Some parts tended to be repetitive in their statements and assertions, yet on the whole, the authors are spot on in their critiques of some aspects of our modern way of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan Leland | 6/19/2010

    " Outstanding study of relationship disintegration in America. Very readable and thought provoking "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan | 10/23/2009

    " Outstanding study of relationship disintegration in America. Very readable and thought provoking "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 9/18/2009

    " Wow, is this a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jules | 3/16/2009

    " A timely critique on American culture. "

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