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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Pamela | 10/20/2012

    " Poor us. "

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