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Befriending services have been around for a very long time.
Charities like Alone and Making Connections offer a type of befriending service for older people and Depaul Ireland runs the service as a support for people who are homeless. Half of all Irish people aged between 16 and 24 feel like they have no one to talk to about their problems, according to a survey released last summer by the Samaritans, and 72% of that generation said that they feel lonely even when they are surrounded by other people.
Being alone is a completely different experience to being lonely and being surrounded by people is no guarantee of happiness.
“This is definitely a nice idea.” By nine o’clock, I have three new friends, or rather, three new email addresses. He also found it difficult to get to know people when he initially moved to Dublin.“Although social media is a great way to stay connected to those far away from us, we are relying on these sites and apps for all interactions,” says Dublin-based psychotherapist Amanda Lynch.“It allows us to check in on friends and family by glancing at their wall posts or their photos etc yet conversation becomes minimal, if at all.” On top of this, living alone is becoming less the exception and more the rule.He’s come along tonight with hopes of meeting like-minded people.Mark, 29, is originally from Limerick and says that he’s here tonight because he feels we Irish can be quite insular at home.