9781250193681 (hardcover) 1250193680 (hardcover) 9781250193674 (electronic book)
Presents an assessment of the existential crisis in modern America that explores how increasing social isolation and the collapse of traditional community connections lead to tension and pessimism, arguing that the solution is a rediscovery of human connections. American life expectancy is declining; birth rates are dropping. Nearly half of us think the other political party isn't just wrong; they're evil. What's causing the despair? Sasse argues that our crisis isn't about politics: We're lonely. Traditional tribes of place are evaporating, and we rally against common enemies so we can feel part of a team. And the digital revolution is throwing gas on the fire. We must rediscover real places and human-to-human relationships to heal our lonely souls. -- adapted from jacket.
"October 2018"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-264) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction : More politics can't fix this Part I. Collapsing tribes. Our loneliness epidemic ; Strangers at work Part II. Anti-tribes. The comforts of polititainment ; The polarization business model Part III. Our to-do list. Become Americans again ; Set tech limits ; Buy a cemetery plot ; Be a smarter nomad Conclusion : We need more tribes.
KF380 .S37 2018
New York, NY : St. Martin's Press,