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Dr. Ruth Takes on a New Role as New York's Loneliness Ambassador: A Prescription for Connection

Contrary to popular belief, spending more time on social media does not necessarily alleviate loneliness. In fact, excessive social media use has been linked to increased feelings of isolation.

Loneliness Epidemic

New York has just made a surprising yet thought-provoking move by appointing Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the iconic sex therapist, as the state's loneliness ambassador. This unexpected appointment marks a significant step towards addressing the pervasive issue of loneliness in the state, shining a spotlight on the importance of mental well-being in the midst of our bustling lives.


Over 35% of adults aged 45 and older feel lonely, highlighting that loneliness is not limited to the elderly but spans various age groups.


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Dr. Ruth's Mission:

Dr. Ruth, celebrated for her candid conversations about intimacy, is not a stranger to addressing the intricacies of human connection. Her new role as loneliness ambassador is a testament to the recognition that loneliness is not just a byproduct of physical isolation but also a complex emotional state affecting countless New Yorkers.


"Loneliness does not discriminate; it can affect anyone, regardless of age or social status. Recognizing and addressing it is crucial for overall mental health."


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NY Gov. Kathy Hochul (D)

The Loneliness Epidemic:

Loneliness has become a modern-day epidemic, with staggering statistics highlighting its prevalence. According to a recent study by the National Institute on Aging:


Over 35% of adults aged 45 and older feel lonely, highlighting that loneliness is not limited to the elderly but spans various age groups.


Social media use is not a cure: Contrary to popular belief, spending more time on social media does not necessarily alleviate loneliness. In fact, excessive social media use has been linked to increased feelings of isolation.


The workplace connection crisis: Approximately 20% of remote workers report feeling lonely, underscoring the impact of changing work dynamics on mental health.


Dr. Ruth's Approach:

Dr. Ruth's approach to combating loneliness goes beyond traditional methods. She emphasizes the importance of genuine human connection and fostering open conversations about mental health.


"In a world dominated by digital communication, we must not forget the power of face-to-face conversations and the impact they can have on our emotional well-being."

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