News Sprawl and Isolation
People are lonelier than ever, a new report, titled “Social Isolation in America,” finds, with fewer close friends (two, on average) and confidants on “important matters” (none, according to one in four) than ever before.
Sightline’s Eric de Place has an interesting theory about why: low-density suburban sprawl, which de Place says “is correlated with (and probably causes) a significant degree of social isolation and fragmentation. And that lonliness has measurable impacts not only on mental health, but on physical health too.”
Check out le Place’s post, including links to the report and studies linking sprawl and isolation, here.