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Lessons in Loneliness FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What has FB done so far in loneliness? What have you learned?
Over the past few months, Facebook leadership met with nine loneliness experts. Using Facebook can play a role in both helping people feel less lonely and potentially making people feel more lonely. As such, many experts felt that Facebook could play a more proactive and thoughtful role in this space with the right collaborators. Experts identified the following opportunities for Facebook to contribute: 

  • Convene a diverse group of researchers and practitioners to explore the intersection of loneliness, social connection, and technology
  • Demonstrate commitment to the space inside and outside of Facebook through developing new products as well as funding research and nonprofits in this space
  • Hold ourselves accountable through forming an advisory board, releasing data externally, and partnering with academics on research that is shared publicly

Importantly, many experts believe that COVID-19 has elevated the topic of loneliness and opened the door for Facebook to help lead in the search for solutions.

Why are the Aspen Institute and FB partnering? What does the partnership aim to do?
To further explore these opportunities and deepen our commitment to the field, Facebook is collaborating with The Aspen Institute to explore the intersection of loneliness, social connection, and technology.

The Aspen Institute fosters change by inspiring inclusive dialog, leadership, and action to help solve society’s greatest challenges. Its Aspen Digital program will take the lead in this partnership, and brings subject-matter expertise on technology, systems design, cognitive psychology, and public policy. Throughout this project, Aspen Digital will serve as a key connector, resource hub, and knowledge partner.

This effort will bring together a cross-sector global group of practitioners, researchers, community-leaders, nonprofits, technologists, content providers, and government organizations to share current research; illuminate needs and gaps; and inform potential interventions, technology design, and research to advance society’s understanding of the future of loneliness and social connection.