Cure for Loneliness? Cure for Misinformation?

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“We’ve adapted to feel safer and more secure when we feel like we’re not alone.” Absolutely. Loneliness, or I’d say “our perception of being lonely” to be more scientific, affects our brain that naturally impacts how we behave. And of course, the effect is damn negative all the way through.

We knew it, but we are seeing more and more objective data accumulating in the domain of cognitive-neuroscience.

Reading the article, which is well-condensed, we realize that those who are feeling loneliness personally and socially makes up the perfect criteria of those who are attached with conspiracy theories. As thie article explains, folks who perceive themselves lonely, especially among men, tend to suspect the others around them, act over-defensively, and believe they’ve been tricked to be the victims of the society. See? A perfect match. QAnon dudes, with its majority being a poor, less educated white males, are the textbook examples here.

Many studies in psychological science tell us it’s super hard to correct conspiracy theory lovers with “more correct, scientific” knowledge against their “theories.” No. It’d reinforce their delusions, even. Maybe we’d better focus on how to ease their loneliness in society.






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