There's a new epidemic in Australia and the statistics are quite alarming... and the experts know exactly what to blame.
A recent survey conducted across Australia by crisis support service Lifeline reflected some alarming statisitcs regarding the prevelance of loneliness in the country.
Of the 3,100 participants included in the survey, 60% of them repored "often feeling lonely".
Adding to that, 85.2% of the survey participants believed loneliness was increasing in society.
Lifeline's cheif executive, Pete Shmigel told The Guardian, "We have more calls to Lifeline that talk about loneliness and social isolation and family and relationship breakdown than we do of people taking about mental illness."
The survey asked whether social media made people feel more or less lonely were inconclusive, 31.46% of people saying the former and 29.58%.
Mr Shmigel suggested that our lives have become lonelier as they have become busier, and that lonliness was an unfortunate byproduct of convenience.
"We need to have the stickiness, the gooeyness, the conflict that comes with engaging in actual human relationships," he said.
Yeah we do! Turn those phones off people!
If you'd like to speak to someone who knows what they're talking about and can help, call BeyondBlue on 1300 22 4636. If you are in crisis or distress, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. If it is an emergency, call 000.