It has become increasingly difficult to predict which occupations will still be available to our children as they grow up. Troubled parents are trying to guess what's new in digital development in order to give their kids an edge over anyone who has jobs that are in danger of being automated. Accountants and radiographers are already odds, but technology developers who perfect driverless cars or further develop Facebook must surely be safe? Instead of thinking this way, we should look at the development of effective technological innovations as an opportunity to create new jobs that satisfy human social nature. This approach will not only solve the problem of disappearing professions – it will also address one of the greatest health challenges of our time: loneliness.
We become more lonely. Socially isolated people are both sadder and sicker than people who have meaningful forms of socializing, and the number of socially isolated people is increasing. A comment in The New York Times in 2016 stated: "Since the 1980 years, the percentage of American adults who say they are lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent."
A social-digital economy will be able to solve problems such as both automation and loneliness. . .
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