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May 08, 2023

Your #1 Tool Against The Loneliness Epidemic

As time has progressed since covid first rocked our world in 2020, the pandemic is feeling further and further behind us. Gone are the mask regulations, lines for vaccines and overcrowding in our local hospitals. Though there is much to celebrate, a new epidemic is on the rise according to the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. In a report released in last week, the epidemic we face next is one of loneliness and isolation.

This report indicates that the level of loneliness and lack of connection can increase risks for premature death to levels comparable to smoking fifteen cigarettes each day. Long term effects include a 29% increased risk of heart disease; a 32% increased risk of stroke; and a 50% increased risk of developing dementia in older age. “In the last few decades, we’ve just lived through a dramatic pace of change. We move more, we change jobs more often, we are living with technology that has profoundly changed how we interact with each other and how we talk to each other,” shares Dr. Murthy.

Now more than ever, it is important to find unique and innovative ways to combat loneliness in your everyday life. The aforementioned report outlined six pillars for a new national strategy to fight back against this epidemic. Our favorite tool to activate these pillars? Coworking at The Shop! We’ve compiled the top four ways that coworking can punch back feelings of isolation.

Communal Workspace 

The shared nature of our Commons area encourages people to work alongside one another with ease. This collaborative environment creates a sense of community and social interaction with ease.

Networking Opportunities 

With a stacked events calendar, it is a snap to get involved and grow your network. These events are designed to build connections and relationships amongst coworkers representing a variety of experiences and industries.

Sense of Purpose

Boost your motivation and productivity by surrounding yourself with other motivated individuals. Surrounding yourself by people with shared values and goals combat feelings of isolation more than your home office ever could.


Not everyone works the same – and that is okay! Enjoy the perks of a robust community without sacrificing your flexibility. Shop members enjoy 24/7, 365 access to hit those deadlines while surrounding yourself with people. Find your new routine at The Shop SLC!

Stop by for a tour and trial of The Shop today to start cultivating connection and kick this loneliness epidemic to the curb.