Social Isolation and Loneliness: The Pros and Cons of Technological Interventions


Social isolation and loneliness (SIL) has become more prevalent in recent times, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A variety of technologies have been proposed, tested, and used to reduce such phenomenon, including the use of information technology to detect or predict patterns of SIL.


In an article written by PISC Senior Scholar George Demiris, the role of technology in SIL assessment is analyzed, with emphasis placed on evidence of impact and ethical consideration. Gap areas of research are also explored, such as the impact of the use of technology among current younger adults as they age.


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