Solitude Deprivation

From Cal Newport’s book Digital Minimalism, pgs. 103-4:

Solitude Deprivation: A state in which you spend close to zero time alone with your thoughts and free from input from other minds.

When you avoid solitude, you miss out on the positive things it brings you:

  • the ability to clarify hard problems,
  • to regulate your emotions,
  • to build moral courage, and
  • to strengthen relationships.

If you suffer from chronic solitude deprivation, therefore, the quality of your life degrades.