Loneliness has nothing to do with how many friends you have, or how many ‘likes’ you get on social media, and everything to do with how you feel inside. A new study has shown that loneliness is becoming more common in today’s world as we’re becoming consumed by technology and hiding behind social media.
The study, released by Pernod Ricard, revealed that:
- 9 out of 10 Australians yearn for more real-life connections
- Two-thirds of Australians think that the world is less friendly (or convivial) than it was five years ago
- Over 70 per cent of respondents say they stay home to stream a film of TV show instead of connecting with family and friends in person
Entertaining appears to be the antidote with the majority of Australians stating that sharing a meal at home with their friends was their top activity for social gathering.
“There is a universal need for us to look up from our phones and catch up n real life and connect,” says spokesman for Pernod Ricard Australia, Bryan Fry.
Forgotten how to do that? The documentary, The Convivalists serves as a reminder. It collates the beautiful testimonies of people from around the world, evoking the importance of the shared moments they define as true and authentic, which are a source of honest joy.
The film crew traveled to 12 destinations around the world, recording everything from Millennials meeting in a karaoke bar in Shanghai, friends sharing a night out in Marseille, and guests of a chic dinner in New Orleans, to New Year's Eve in Berlin, a beach aperitif in Tulum (Mexico), a Brooklyn bar, and a wedding in Goa.
Watch it here: