• Published: 17 February 2019
  • Everybody feels lonely sometimes. But only few of us are aware how important this feeling was for our ancestors - and that our modern world can turn it into something that really hurts us. Why do we feel this way and what can we do about it?


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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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    • kavyal jani
      kavyal jani  5 hours back

      Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell You have an amazing voice!

    • Alejandro Olivas
      Alejandro Olivas  4 days back

      Can you make a video about people who use cannabis to cope with loneliness

    • Trevor Cormier
      Trevor Cormier  1 weeks back

      @Pro Male Revolutionary ''This video makes a lot of base generalizations while neglecting some obvious truths''

    • Pro Male Revolutionary
      Pro Male Revolutionary  1 weeks back

      @Trevor Cormier This video makes a lot of base generalizations while neglecting some obvious truths.

    • Trevor Cormier
      Trevor Cormier  1 weeks back

      @Alex Cat Dishonest or ignorant. Probably both

  • Maksym Siwecki
    Maksym Siwecki  1 hours back

    Wow... Thank you. And I mean it. You opened my mind a little bit. Maybe this is my first step, watching this video.

    • taylor chudler
      taylor chudler  2 hours back

      Seriously, you'd think i could just make friends but people are so negative and unavailable to make interpersonal relationships, I'm lonely and I cant control how people feel about me.

      • chepox213
        chepox213  3 hours back

        This made me think of my self and when I get back to planada elementary I will feel lonely yes but I have to accept that and I will make new friend probably see my old friend thanks dude you are inspiring

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          I need to stop watching videos like this, it only makes me realize how big, fucking loser I am.

          • r21187
            r21187  8 hours back

            holy no homo

            i am alone?!

            • Dill An Clean Bowl
              Dill An Clean Bowl  11 hours back

              Social media sometimes makes it worse

              • Nevoy y
                Nevoy y  11 hours back

                lonely is fucking fun

                • 발그레피치
                  발그레피치  12 hours back

                  RIP Etika..

                  • Rodeo Girl
                    Rodeo Girl  13 hours back

                    And every second

                    • Rodeo Girl
                      Rodeo Girl  13 hours back

                      I’m lonely every day

                      • Bootleg Memes
                        Bootleg Memes  13 hours back

                        Thanks. Genuinely.

                        • boshbing1
                          boshbing1  17 hours back

                          I had to stop watching this video because it was hitting a little too close to home... :')

                          • Fluffysheepbruh
                            Fluffysheepbruh  21 hours back

                            0:19 I still think the UK is heavily oppressed in a very subtle way. Something just feels so wrong about it, its sickening.

                            Some ass will probably compare my comment to North Korea and completely miss the point im trying to reveal.

                            • Samrat B
                              Samrat B  23 hours back

                              everybody is a cartoon or prepackaged emoji in late-capitalism ...
                              Remember the 6th mass extinction is going on. No its not a circus ...

                              • Danish Edrian
                                Danish Edrian  23 hours back

                                I'm always feel lonely

                                • Merrill George
                                  Merrill George  1 days back

                                  Imagine life before humans developed loneliness

                                  • Rainbowknife Gamer63
                                    Rainbowknife Gamer63  1 days back

                                    Is this an attack or something?

                                    • Fluffysheepbruh
                                      Fluffysheepbruh  1 days back

                                      Younger generations are doomed to be more lonely then older generations when they were young for various reasons.

                                      We are psychologically fucked.

                                      • Cristian Luna
                                        Cristian Luna  1 days back

                                        Their is nothing wrong with being alone but being alone and being lonely are two completely different things.I am an asocial person.I can be social in social setting I just chose not to.

                                        • Filipenko
                                          Filipenko  1 days back

                                          im a schizoid why am i here

                                          • Yes No
                                            Yes No  2 days back

                                            I have no friends at all because of my social anxiety, it’s affecting my life quite a bit. I want to talk and laugh, but something is just stopping me..

                                            • Max Damage
                                              Max Damage  2 days back

                                              I like beeing alone. I hate beeing lonely.

                                              • Rose Angelique Ramas
                                                Rose Angelique Ramas  2 days back

                                                Declining invitations until invitations stop....:(

                                                • psychonaut ready for launch!

                                                  Yeah im lonely. But atleast i don't have fake friends. Im at a point where im so used to lonliness i prefer it. Im like an actopus :)

                                                  • Batsi Ziki
                                                    Batsi Ziki  2 days back

                                                    The music in this video is very soothing

                                                    • Guido Mista
                                                      Guido Mista  2 days back

                                                      Watched the video, got even lonelier

                                                      • J AEYY
                                                        J AEYY  2 days back

                                                        I needed this

                                                        • Gremlin
                                                          Gremlin  2 days back

                                                          Lonliness: exists
                                                          My imaginary friends: Im about to end this man's whole career

                                                          • Shiraz Hassan
                                                            Shiraz Hassan  2 days back

                                                            I’m lonely

                                                            • peachichi
                                                              peachichi  2 days back

                                                              feeling: dragged

                                                              • Sslizz Ck
                                                                Sslizz Ck  2 days back

                                                                Thank you very much, that video describe exactly how I live, people think I'm greedy but simply feel alone. With exactly tht big hole inside me. Nothing fill it, I was despered for social life to be wiling to make freind for money. I'v hite the bottom many time thinking about suicide. I'v lost all social skils for making new friends, I can't even remember names or faces anymore. Now. Y only escape from loneliness is to work all thr time.

                                                                • swordfighter1590 _
                                                                  swordfighter1590 _  2 days back

                                                                  Oml I’m having a mental breakdown, I haven’t cried like this since 11 years. when I have been recommended this video, I started crying, finally found out I’m not the only one who feels this way, it’s all true I suffer by depression, betrayed, loneliness, and anxiety, DX
                                                                  Is this what crying feels like, is this what tears feels like, is this what everyone is feeling?! please tell me I’m not the only one who’s having a mental breakdown because this is one of the things I’m suffering with, a sudden stab in the heart, a knife of life? Oml it’s painful to be fully alive.

                                                                  • Maria Gu
                                                                    Maria Gu  2 days back

                                                                    How did YouTube knew that I was lonely?... Right now?

                                                                    • parksuga
                                                                      parksuga  2 days back

                                                                      "you cant eliminate or ignore a feeling until it goes away magically, but you can accept that you feel it and get rid of its cause"

                                                                      * kills crush *

                                                                      • liuton2005
                                                                        liuton2005  2 days back

                                                                        When Jesus is your Lord and Saviour you will never feel loneliness again, ever.

                                                                        • Azka Nuran
                                                                          Azka Nuran  2 days back

                                                                          Who watch this while scrolling down the comments

                                                                          • love u
                                                                            love u  2 days back

                                                                            oh well 🤷🏻‍♀️

                                                                            • melting moon
                                                                              melting moon  2 days back

                                                                              I think I need help... I'm stuck in this cycle and have been since high school

                                                                              • Max Damage
                                                                                Max Damage  1 days back

                                                                                @melting moon I understand. So what can I do to make you feel less lonely?

                                                                              • melting moon
                                                                                melting moon  2 days back

                                                                                Yes but with all the wrong intentions.

                                                                              • Max Damage
                                                                                Max Damage  2 days back

                                                                                @melting moon Well idk, i'm trying to understand. Don't girls like you get approached by guys like all the time?

                                                                              • melting moon
                                                                                melting moon  2 days back


                                                                            • wha wha
                                                                              wha wha  2 days back

                                                                              Don't feel lonely because every others say you are lonely. The only time it's real when you do something kind and amazing but other idiots don't take it.
                                                                              And I hate schools where they forced me to deal with these dummies!

                                                                              • Whimsicott cell
                                                                                Whimsicott cell  2 days back

                                                                                Actually I have bad freind so I hate being socialize and if I do something little wrong they will angry at me but they are the nicest guys at my class

                                                                                • Kent Maceda
                                                                                  Kent Maceda  2 days back

                                                                                  *Thought this was a movie ok bye.*

                                                                                  • REG _HG
                                                                                    REG _HG  2 days back

                                                                                    I feel so lonely and this video helped me a lot

                                                                                    • Sharkyplaze
                                                                                      Sharkyplaze  2 days back

                                                                                      This took over half a year to make

                                                                                      • Kateception
                                                                                        Kateception  2 days back

                                                                                        This is a personal attack

                                                                                        • Joyful Star
                                                                                          Joyful Star  2 days back

                                                                                          When the teacher says get in groups and you just sit alone because you have no friends

                                                                                          • Kelp
                                                                                            Kelp  2 days back

                                                                                            7:36 I can relate to these things so much yet I’m not lonely

                                                                                            • Palento's Music
                                                                                              Palento's Music  3 days back

                                                                                              Who else is that one kid who is trying to.find a group to be in for a project but end up being assigned one because you weren't fast enough?