“Talk To me” Campaign Likely To entertain Lonely Londoners
A new campaign, "Talk to me", is altering the image of London which is perceived as one of the loneliest places in Britain. The founders of this campaign are Polly Akhurst and David Blackwell.
The routine which involves listening to music all the time by plugging earphones, dealing with annoyingly unimportant smartphones at times is going to get replaced by this campaign.
Recently Sheffield University in the UK conducted a survey which revealed that 30% of Londoners deal with isolation and remain uninvolved in their community. The detailed report was published by the Associated Press.
David Blackwell, the campaign coordinator, believes that opening up with the strangers without any expectations can be perceived as something very different. The project's badges include the message "Talk to me, I'll Talk to you."
Polly Akhurs, co-founder, thinks that this will mutually invite strangers to start a conversation. The campaigners have distributed around 3,500 badges through partner organizations and cafes so far in a city of 8 million people.
Kickstarter, an online fundraising platform, has also proved helpful in raising $13,600. To officially organize an official "Talk to me day", it has to be celebrated with flash mobs, social events and picnics.
This will break the ice of tongue-tied people. The topic of conversations ranging from "What do you think defines a Londoner?" to "Should you feel guilty when you spend lots of money on yourself?" have been suggested.
John Cacioppo, a social psychologist at the University of Chicago, studied the biological effects of loneliness to reveal how this emotion affects our health. Among lonely people, hardening of the arteries, inflammation, problems with learning and memory, and even compromised immune systems, have been reported.
"What we see is a consistent pattern where it looks like human immune cells are programmed with a defensive strategy that gets activated in lonely people", Steve Cole, a researcher at UCLA who also worked alongside Cacioppo, explained to LiveScience.
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