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Prevent Social Isolation

In How Social Isolation Is Killing Us, Khullar discuss how chronic loneliness and social isolation lead to psychological problems. In fact, Matter asks the question: Is loneliness a health epidemic? 

We believe most teachers and educators would agree. Students are spending more and more time on social media, comparing themselves to others, and failing to connect in meaningful ways. 


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Promote Connection

Connected (Fowler and Christakis) teach us about the power of human relationships and social networks. Our happiness is affected by our friend's friend's friend. Yes! Three degrees of separation. In a famous psycholgy article, The Need to Belong (Baumeister and Leary, 1995) discuss belongingness has a fundmental human need, which was supported by the latest social neuroscience findings in the book Social (Lieberman, 2013).

Thus, youth programs should focus on the promotion of connection among peers.   


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