We are experiencing major milestones while we are busy doing other things. More than half of the world’s population (53%) is now online. We are privileged to be more than four billion out of a global population of nearly 7.6 billion. And the latest data shows that nearly 250 million new users went online for the first time in 2017. This is the equivalent of 5 times the entire population of Spain, from the oldest to the last newborn. The data was published in “The New Global Digital” by We Are Social and Hootsuite.
Behind every number there is a human being, a story.
Another factor is still killing more people, although it is not even considered a pathology: loneliness and social isolation. More than nine million people in England, two out of ten, feel lonely always or sometimes, according to a 2017 report published by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. For this reason, Prime Minister Theresa May decided to create the “Ministry of Loneliness” and the “Minister for Loneliness” (I am putting it in quotation marks to emphasize the unbearable levity of our era) has already joined the Cabinet.
There is also a space of illusion with areas that invite hope..