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  • #16
    I haven't spent more than an hour with my nephew since the start of this pandemic because his parents are very protective of him. Kids are one of the most vulnerable to covid and in addition to that, he has very weak lungs. So I understand his parents fully. Recently, I've had a conversation with him and felt his loneliness and frustration because he can't even hug his extended family or spend a day with us. For the past years, he always wished for toys or computer game credits as gifts for Christmas. But this year, he told me that all he wanted is for this pandemic to end and to finally spend a normal day with all his family and friends.

    Remember to check on your kids from time to time. Loneliness for an extended period of time also causes mental health conditions and might affect their future.

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    • Kamille
      Kamille commented
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      As a mom, I appreciate those who understand that I have to do some safety measures to ensure my kids' safety, relatives or not. Some may take offense when I ask them not to visit, or when I ask my kids to stay a few feet away from people. Its better to be safe than sorry especially now that more kids have been infected by the virus.

    • mjmnl
      mjmnl commented
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      I've read this article from last week: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronav...new-infections
      Covid is now attacking the unvaccinated. Such an unfortunate thing that babies, toddlers, and kids are not allowed to get vaccinated yet. I've watched heartbreaking videos of kids getting infected with Covid-19 and not surviving. It's your right as their mom to decide that for your kids. Prevention is better than cure.

  • #17
    I saw this article from YouGov (https://today.yougov.com/topics/rela...irus-poll-data). Do you agree with this? take note that this survey is conducted in the US with a sample size of 1,249. Millennials are the loneliest even before the pandemic and the report stated that loneliness has worsened because of our current state. As compared to the Baby boomers and GenX, what could be the reason for Millenials to feel worse and have it more difficult to maintain social connection? As a millennial myself, I could say that social media has a huge effect on a person's social interactions and satisfaction. How about you guys? based on your personal experience, what do you think?

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    • Skye
      Skye commented
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      The young ones probably feel "lonelier" because their social life was nipped at the bud when the lockdowns were enforced. Even if they are now more free to roam about, there is still that think hanging over their heads that they might contract the virus or bring home the virus.

      Us, older people, have a treasure trove of memories we can open. We bank on these memories and feel the connections made before. We can get in touch with them again.

      Our young have not made much memories yet. They now have to rely on social media in building relationships. And we, adults, all know how manufactured social media lives are. Yet, we still at times succumb to envying other people's perfect lives. How much more our youth? Those who are still just out of the gates?

      Social media has indeed played a big role in the feeling of loneliness. Yes, you got a lot of friends "out there," But have you really made a connection?

  • #18
    The rate of people with mental health issues and substance abuse brought by the pandemic is still alarming even after a year. https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covi...substance-use/ What saddens me the most is the fact that the mental health impact will outlast this pandemic. It is always good to check on our love ones, and if anyone here needs someone to talk to, feel free to send me a message.
    Last edited by Kamille; 05-06-2021, 01:26 PM.

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    • mjmnl
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      I'm actually glad that mental health issues are now openly talked about than before. I remember not understanding my friend's situation when we were still in college and she was having a mental breakdown. She doesn't even want to seek professional help because of the fear that she'll be judged by her peers. Nowadays, there are more counseling services available in every country. If you're lucky enough, other services are free of charge.
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