On October 26, 2017 Gerine Lodder (RuG) gave a TEDxGroningen talk. The talk was titled: What you don’t know about adolescent loneliness
Like hunger is a signal to eat, loneliness is a signal to connect. The feeling of loneliness, that you can’t fit in anywhere. 3 percent of our youth feel lonely chronically, and this affects not only mental but physical health too. Loneliness affects our core, and when your core is affected everything else is affected. As a society we have the responsibility to deal with loneliness in our youth Gerine Lodder is a researcher looking into social relations, mainly focusing on how do we get what we need from our social relations, and what happens when things go awry, as well as loneliness in adolescence. She supports an individual approach in dealing with this subject, because there is not a one size fits all solution for loneliness. Gerine Lodder’s research revolves around social relations: How do we get what we need from our social relations, and what happens when things go awry. She is especially interested in loneliness in adolescence.