The Purported Loneliness Epidemic

A discussion with Jay Livingston about recent reports of a loneliness epidemic, and how sociologists wage a never-ending battle against appealing but empirically unsupported media stories.


Jay Livingston is a Professor of Sociology at Montclair State. He runs the Montclair SocioBlog, one of the longest-running blogs in the discipline.

Joseph Nathan Cohen co-hosts The Annex and directs the Sociocast Project. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College. He wrote Financial Crisis in American Households: The Basic Expenses That Bankrupt the Middle Class (2017, Praeger) and co-authored Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective (2010, Polity). Twitter: @jncohen

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