Australia's loneliness epidemic: what's the rise of social media got to do with it?

Monday, 17 February 2020 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm

“Humans are more connected to each other than ever, thanks to smartphones, the web and social media. At the same time, loneliness is a huge and growing social problem. Why is this so?” That’s Roger Patulny from the University of Wollongong who researches social inclusion, connection and trust and has a special interest in the sociology of emotions. Recently he’s been investigating what’s been described as Australia’s loneliness epidemic and its relationship to the now all-pervasive use of social media.

Monday 6:00pm to 6:30pm
This show casts a critical eye on the myriad ways in which we communicate with each other in our increasingly interconnected, multi-media platform world. Each week we mix down the who, the what, the where, and the how of particular communication events, messages, trends and technologies, and then consider: what impacts and what consequences?


Reema Rattan, Liam Armstrong, Carly Dober and Judith Peppard