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And why Medium might be the best place to launch one. I am sitting on my patio in the southern suburb of Edmonton, Alberta where I live drinking a glass of lime-flavoured mineral water and doing exactly what I want — writing this article. In an adjacent room, my wife, a professional musician by vocation, is rehearsing with an Afrobeat quartet she recently ed.
No Nigerian kitchen party for this guy. Writing about loneliness. As with physical exercise, I love how much better I get at it by doing it every day, and as with running and weightlifting, I get cranky after a couple of days away from it. But writing is a lonely pastime, and even literary events and poetry slams are always far too short, and are never truly satisfying in terms of conversations. As somebody who has struggled with serious depression on and off through my adolescent and adult life, I have become acutely aware of the emotional toxicity of loneliness. Nothing makes a person isolate themselves like a depressive episode, which in turn further exacerbates said depression.
In that case, the fix is fairly straightforward — force yourself to go out and interact. But even this has its limits. That is, unless Medium decided to get into the dating app business and create functionality that would facilitate more in the way of private interaction between writers. Of course, I could start, say, probing Wild Flower or Adam Maldonado about their favourite Zeppelin albums or what they did last weekend, or any of other things that have nothing to do with their written work, but it would feel weird.
Sorry to pick on you two — you were just the first people to come up in my search. Even prodding them here out of the blue feels a bit stalkerish. But it would be nice to be able to connect with people in a more real way — either online or in person. In my experience, writers enjoy spending time and forming friendships with other writers. For this reason, I think a specialized dating app for professional writers would be a positive boon.
A raft of research findings over the past decade has shown conclusively that loneliness and social isolation are legitimate health hazards that result in higher rates of many diseases and lowered lifespans. A Brigham Young University study showed a 50 percent increase in premature death among people who are socially isolated — an impact likened to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day.
Other studies have linked loneliness to heightened rates of risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, dementia, and, not surprisingly, suicide attempts. Other studies have shown that loneliness is fast becoming an epidemic in the modern world thanks to smaller families and households As of a full And as writers, we owe it to each other to help remedy the problem.
Writers, I believe, have emotional needs that are somewhat different from the general public. For one thing, writers need other writers in their life to keep them from going stark raving mad. When I get into a good conversation with a fellow writer, a few stolen minutes in a conference or poetry open mic feels catastrophically short.
Give me enough coffee or fizzy water depending on the time of day and I will happily dive into a conversation with a fellow writer for hours. T here is a reason why dating apps have, in a very short period of time, become the standard way for people to hook up.
That said, I still think writers need one of their own. As a writer, sometimes I need more than just a friend. I think we need an app for that. This is my message to the Medium people: you have an opportunity here. It would be nice to change that. Grammar cop. Distance runner. Historian in the wilderness. Medium is an open platform where million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface.
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