Relationship between tech and loneliness explored

A new report by Internet of Things UK has argued that digital technologies can help tackle social isolation and loneliness.

Social isolation and loneliness in the UK targets the conditions of loneliness and social isolation among the younger generation, with health experts having warned that lacking social connections is comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and has worse health outcomes than risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity.

The report seeks to highlight the innovative uses of technology in addressing loneliness and isolation, as these are expected to act as key enablers in the future.

Powered by the Digital Catapult and the Future Cities Catapult, IoTUK is a programme of activities that seeks to advance the UK’s global leadership in the Internet of Things (IoT) and increase the adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout businesses and the public sector.

Speaking about the report, Hannah Griffiths of Future Cities Catapult, said: “Technology can offer a cost-effective way of providing wider services and support and by highlighting innovative solutions, we hope this kick starts a policy drive to provide tangible answers to the problems that these debilitating conditions pose.”

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