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People in America are lonely—more than ever before, according to a groundbreaking new study by AARP the Magazine.  The largest group of people suffering from chronic loneliness are those in their 40’s and 50’s, and loneliness does not discriminate by race, gender or social status.

What is chronic loneliness and how does it differ from depression, and why are so many people lonely?  John T. Cacioppo, Ph.D., director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago and a leading authority on the topic, and Emily White, author of Lonely: A Memoir  offer insight on the rising number of lonely people.

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