Connected but lonely: How COVID-19 rebooted compassion and community

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Hugh Mackay

Honorary Professor of Social Science, University of Wollongong; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University

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Have you been using your phone and your computer more in pandemic? The paradox is that tech can make us more connected, but also more isolated. But are there circumstances in which tech actually brings us closer together? What lessons can we learn from this crisis as humans? What will this teach us about community, compassion and kindness?

This week journalist Ginger Gorman chats with one of Australia’s best known psychologists and social researchers, Hugh Mackay, about loneliness and the digital age.