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I am Sorry but I am Not Sorry About the Loneliness Report

So Gallup produced a report last week that can be looked at in so many ways but here is my take on it. 

I am currently doing a series on the wellbeing and mental health at work agenda asking questions that I haven't heard anyone asking. Here it is:

Back to loneliness. 

As you know, I like to observe people especially what they say and talk about on social media. If you are in HR, managerial or leadership role and if you don't pay attention to what people say on social media, you are missing out! It is better than engagement surveys trust me! 

So after reading Gallup's report on loneliness, I said to myself "I am sorry, but I am not sorry for these people." Why? Because they actively "quit quitting" friends and families and are happy to brag about it. Read here.

In videos, they brag about how they just cut everyone out who is not in line with their thinking, doesn't give the right vibe, disagrees with them, or for the tiniest reason you can think of. They have glamorised the "I stay at home alone, in my bed, because this is what freedom means, and away from toxicity" through videos and comments, making themselves and others believe that being alone at home is cool. 

The other day I replied to a girl's comment who said To which I replied that NOBODY is ok by themselves and it is a coping mechanism and she should be going out and making friends. To which, she replied, "I opened a tiktok account for lonely women but nobody came." Maybe that is not socialising or making friends? So I was like ok then suffer if you cannot make the effort of putting down your stupid phone and join a sports club or something where you can make friends. I left the conversation because you cannot help victims and those who don't want to change their circumstances. 

Once again, I blame the parents for raising kids on technology and now they haven't developed any social skills which led to a rising number of people feeling lonely and it will increase as these guys now cannot build any form of relationships especially intimate ones because apparently it is now cringe, depressing, controlling, and it means no freedom. 

Well, how is loneliness working out for you all?

I am not sorry for them because they make no effort whatsoever. And even if someone is interested in them they come up with their "Icks" and "red flags" as to why you should leave someone immediately. By glamorising the wrong things you will be lonely, that's given. So go and enjoy your freedom, icks, red flags, and social media which apparently adds up to a stressfree life but the lonely one:-))) Relationships are full of compromises. This is the price you pay for your happiness, sanity, and support. If you don't want to pay that bill, you will be paying the bill for loneliness. It's up to you. 

And as for employers, please don't drag everyone else back to the office just because Gemma lacks the social skills to make friends and feels lonely. I know where you are going with this Gallup. Title of the report: State of the Global Workplace THE VOICE OF THE WORLD’S EMPLOYEES 2024 

Also, employees feeling lonely is not the responsibility of the employers so let's just leave this topic out of organisations. HR has enough to deal with. 

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