This, from an article in the New Republic, is an indicator that things are not going well in society. How truly amazing and sad.
... even among the not-so-old, loneliness is pervasive. In a survey published by the AARP in 2010, slightly more than one out of three adults 45 and over reported being chronically lonely (meaning they’ve been lonely for a long time). A decade earlier, only one out of five said that. With baby-boomers reaching retirement age at a rate of 10,000 a day, the number of lonely Americans will surely spike.
I've talked before how we overlook the importance of connection and the experience of the texture of daily lived life, as if we need a "gross national loneliness" to set against GDP.