Humans rely heavily on social interaction. Some studies show a lack of quality relationships can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day.
Unfortunately, loneliness affects the majority of Americans. A study found 61% of the country considered themselves lonely before the pandemic. Thanks to the subsequent rise of remote work, the number has surely only risen since.
A Trio of Factors
Remote work is regularly linked to feelings of isolation and disconnection. But it isn’t the sole source of America’s loneliness.
US adults have fewer friends these days, and even family sizes have declined over the past few decades. On the flip side, social media has challenged in-person interactions as the dominant form of socialization. Plus, work schedules and expectations have increased for many, leaving less time to spend with loved ones.
Spending time at the office has historically been, if nothing else, an outlet for consistent social interaction. Now, with even the workplace confined to a screen, all aspects of life have become more secluded for many Americans.
Remote work is more prevalent now than ever before. And based on all-time-low stock prices of major office stocks like SL Green (SLG) and Vornado (VNO), investors are betting the future of work won’t be in the office.
While remote work may entail working outside of the office, it doesn’t necessarily mean working alone.
Remote coworking is a rising trend bridging the gap between hanging out and working. Many who have tried it say working remotely alongside friends has not only improved their mood, but also led to increased productivity. Remote coworking can diminish loneliness, and lead to better work habits and more efficiency by encouraging friendly competition.
If you work from home, consider giving remote coworking a try. Coworking doesn’t require an office job, or even leasing a pricey WeWork or Industrious space. For the cost of $0, you can have your water cooler chats around your own kitchen sink.
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