Women's Health

the big DISCONNECT

IT’S 7:30 P.M. ON A FRIDAY NIGHT and you just got home from grabbing a quick drink with a friend. It was great to see her, but you haven’t hung out in so long that you spent the whole time in rushed, surface-level catch-up (Job, partner, kids—all okay? Great! Yeah, I’m good too!) instead of talking about anything substantial. You scroll Instagram for a bit, but seeing everyone else having a blast with their pals only reminds you that you’re not. Dozens of buddies are a text message away, but you still can’t help feeling a gnawing emptiness beneath your rib cage. It’s loneliness. And you’re far from the only one feeling it.

We’re at the center of what psychologists have dubbed

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