By Jing Hui Over the past few years, the idea of loneliness has received considerable attention for its negative impacts on physical and mental health. In August 2017, The Guardian reported that loneliness can cause higher risks of heart attacks and earlier deaths. The concern over loneliness is justified. We fear being alone because it makes us appear disliked, out of place and unwanted. We crave companionship because it makes us feel understood and accepted. But being alone is different from b
By Abigail Ng When final-year student Trisha Lim, 23, stopped using Telegram for nine hours, her friends were alarmed. Nine hours is a short time, but it was a departure from her usual behaviour. The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information student usually checks the app once an hour – at least. “One of my friends started asking other people if I was okay,” she said. Another asked her on Facebook if she was all right. Her friends’ concern may not be irrational, researchers point out.