Comment on A New definition of lonely by Michelle Xu

I thought it was very interesting that you talk about the concept of loneliness, and I am reminded of an article on thoughtcatalog that actually talks about the difference between being lonely and being alone. In a sentence, it argues that being lonely is what we commonly think of, the negative, isolated, unwanted feeling, but being alone simply means you’re comfortable in your own skin and to be in your own company. Maybe it’s because I’m a relatively independent person, but I truly believe that it’s necessary and healthy to feel alone once in a while. It takes a lot of confidence, in my opinion, to be comfortable with having nothing to do or to go to the movie theater alone. I sometimes worry that social media makes being alone seem unacceptable, loser-y, almost taboo by society?