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Deep down, we all know other people's lives aren't as fabulous as they may appear to be on social media. Still, it can be hard to remember this when we're flicking through Instagram Stories, watching people have fun, and subsequently feeling lonely and isolated. In cities especially —where the majority of us live today—feelings of loneliness can be compounded by the fact that we're surrounded by millions of people who all seem to be having a great time with one another, while we're at home alone, binge-watching Netflix until it asks us if we're still there.
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You die alone. Indeed, her choice to leave home and wander a foreign city is itself a rich metaphor for the paradoxical nature of loneliness, animated by equal parts restlessness and stupor, capable of turning one into a voluntary vagabond and a catatonic recluse all at once, yet somehow a vitalizing laboratory for self-discovery. There were things that burned away at me, not only as a private individual, but also as a citizen of our century, our pixelated age. What does it mean to be lonely? Is sex a cure for loneliness, and if it is, what happens if our body or sexuality is considered deviant or damaged, if we are ill or unblessed with beauty? And is technology helping with these things?