Everybody feels lonely sometimes. But only few of us are aware how important this feeling was for our ancestors – and that our modern world can turn it into something that really hurts us. Why do we feel this way and what can we do about it?


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65 Responses

  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell says:

    We designed a poster on this topic as well. You can find it here: https://standard.tv/collections/in-a-nutshell/products/in-a-nutshell-loneliness-poster

    • Oscar Healy says:

      Is Loneliness affected by natural habitat, or lack there of? There was a nature documentary on in the background while i was watching this video, in one of the scenes, a guy was taking photos of the night sky. specifically he was capturing the milky way and was talking about how its almost a therapy for him. It reminded oof me doing the same thing and how when i am out on my own with my camera, i feel possibly the least alone, i understand its anecdote and all but i feel like lack of nature is a big factor in loneliness

    • unknown source says:

      Please use birds:)

    • Veeti Aittomäki says:

      Thanks for this vid

    • Risc says:

      Can you do a video on the Green New Deal

  2. OG Soy says:

    Social skills class will be a thing in the future, mark my words.

  3. Nic says:

    Kurzgesagt!!! I do really wish for you and your team (If you have one) to know how incredible your videos are! Someone showed one of your videos in class a couple years back, and i still watch your videos when they come out now in University. Your diversity of subjects is incredible and your topics that you choose even more!! Even better, you guys do a damn fine job of researching and studying them. This one in particular even struck home a bit, most likely not only for me!! As a student Physicist i really wish to say

    ”thank you and keep on doing what you’re doing”.
    -Your viewers

  4. Lord Death says:

    My life in one video

  5. DRMrThi says:

    Amazing video, I will rewatch it every time, I feel lonely

  6. Benbo ta Elephant says:

    These guys are better than The Infographics show

    Like if u agree


  7. Bradley Hoke says:

    Hey, Vsauce, Micheal here, and today we’re gonna talk about loneliness.

  8. PinuCla Sid says:

    I sometimes like to go and sit alone in the back of the class and take a look at the chaos.

    And see who else is doing the same. ?

    Someone’s talking, some studying… It’s fun

  9. LyricWulf says:

    Thank you, Kurzgesagt. For everything. ?✨

  10. Knight Blade says:

    You can’t deny invitations if you don’t get any to begin with.

  11. Shnarfbird says:

    I keep trying. I reach out all the time. Nobody cares.

    • Lone King says:

      Why should they care?

    • g-boi says:

      at least you try

    • narudi18 says:

      In the video, he said that do it without any expectations. It will actually help you when you don’t get a response

    • Jordanni Paiva says:

      Try new people. There are billions of us, you have practically unlimited supply of try outs. =) try to learn something with people, maybe another language course… Try to join some sport or fan club. What about your hobbies? Maybe games, try to go to a lan house to play together with someone, not only online.

    • erickh555 says:

      look man… i felt really lonely when i broke up with my exgf, its all right now… i started to feel good again when i realized that if i dont like myself no one will like it for me, so first of all, try to enjoy yourself and discover things that makes you happy as a person, and in the process keep trying!

  12. Knattex says:

    People treat me like a god.

    They ignore my existence unless they need something

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    • UnableToChoose says:

      Hey 🙂
      I dont want to hurt you and maybe open your eyes if this sits deper than the joke 😉

      Think wether you treat them the same way?
      Do you only reach out when you feel lonely ?
      Do you provide for others and enrich their lifes without the immeadiate demand of reapyment?

      I don’t know in which situation you are currently but maybe you are stuck in a place where you push others away 🙂

      Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

    • Alien Is Here says:


    • PROF. PARADOX says:

      Haha,i feel same

  13. Ruby Jones says:

    The fact that this is #1 says a lot

  14. ORlANNA GRANDE says:

    >Never get invitations
    >Never get asked out to do smth.
    >Always feel lonely
    >Dont push people aways, people push me away.
    >When I msg someone, get short answers and / or ghosted

  15. Mauro Molinero says:

    basically “just talk to someone” sounds good, doesn’t work.

  16. Justin Y won’t you love me says:

    I’m always lonely

    R.I.P to all my COD friends who were last online 6 years ago

  17. MichaelRGB says:

    I didn’t feel like killing myself as much ten minutes ago.. Yayy..

  18. StarSilverInfinity says:

    For all of you who watched this video
    there – you arent as lonely as before

  19. 10,000 Subscribers with two videos? says:

    Anyone wanna hang out?

  20. Koala Kontrol says:

    i guess the moral of the story is that life is what you make of it.

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