Loneliness, a global contemporary evil that in the United Kingdom is now a matter of State
Loneliness is one of the evils that haunts contemporary society, to the point that in the United Kingdom it became a matter of State.
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced this week the creation of a Ministry of Solitude.
At the head of that agency was named Tracey Crouch, who will have to deal with a problem that affects 9 million people in that country (13.7% of the total population).
This happens, paradoxically, in times of hyperconnection provided by the internet and social networks.
Harmful as tobacco
Reports published in 2017 showed that loneliness is as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Although this phenomenon does not distinguish ages, the most affected are the elderly.
It is estimated that in England, half of the 75-year-olds live alone, which is equivalent to about 2 million people.
Many of them say that they spend days, even weeks, without any type of social interaction.
One of the actions planned by the British government is to design a method to measure loneliness and then define actions accordingly.
The legacy of Cox
The creation of this ministry is the crystallization of an idea coined by Jo Cox, the Labor parliamentarian murdered in June 2016 before the referendum in which the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union was voted.
Cox had created a Soledad Commission to deal with this issue. The government now promises to take over.
“Jo Cox recognized the magnitude of loneliness in the country and dedicated his life to doing everything he could to help those affected,” May said in a statement.
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