Loneliness has been described as a feeling of being disconnected from others, feeling emotionally disabled, often, feels as if you are being punished. One out of twelve adults feel intense loneliness, with those in the age 40’s group, suffering the most, according to the Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2012. Particularly the 40 age group reports feelings of vulnerability, fear, and social oppression from their younger years. The Mental Health Foundation states that we, as a society, have reached epidemic proportions of loneliness. With recent spikes in social technologies and social networking, more individuals feel unconnected. With time being non essential to most folks in their 40’s, finding time to spend with someone is almost obsolete. It is so much easier to just drop an email, or to text a message, then it is to make a phone call. Going out for lunch, dinner, a movie is too time consuming for some. Women in this age group feel as if they have already put in years of “hard labor”, and do not want to invest the work into starting over in a relationship, often finding themselves slaves to their careers. Men in the same age group, feel more vulnerable to risk, or to emotional pain, that they too are more isolated. What has driven us as a whole to rise above epidemic proportions in loneliness? Some believe that loneliness is compounded. That feeling alone, and being isolated are connected. While self sufficiency has decreased some men and women from the loneliness factor, there are still many Americans that are alone. Described as having No one to talk to, not having a close bond with another human being, not having companionship, and total isolation, loneliness is not only mentally difficult to handle, it also has medical implications as well. The impacts on health from loneliness include depression, heart disease, arterio and atherosclerosis, decreased blood levels, and decrease in hormones. Loneliness also peaks between the ages of 40 through 49. Robert Weiss, Sociologist calls such health related incidences ” separation distress”. So if being alone, and feeling lonely, have medical implications as well as mental implications related to depression and suicide, then why are so many people choosing to be alone? Those who have strong religious ties have less loneliness. Is there also a spiritual connection to feeling alone? Retired individuals also have reported higher incidence of loneliness. What makes people feel lonely? How has society changed as a whole, to develop into an epidemic proportion of loneliness? Have advanced social technologies rendered more fear, and less opportunity for socialization? Do people feel that they just want to be alone? Have we as a whole, become disconnected on purpose?