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Business Opportunity or Social Trap behind the “Lonely Economy”?

The term “Lonely economy” implies that people can relieve their loneliness through on-line services, such as dating apps and live streams. According to Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior, the number of Taiwanese who live alone was nearly 3.05 million in 2020, which accounts for over 34% of the total number of households in Taiwan. This indicated that Taiwan has gradually entered the era of “single society”, with many people living on their own, such as divorcees, single parents, and affluent yuppies. The single society has in fact made many people aware of the huge business opportunities behind “loneliness” or the lack of human connections. Is a lonely economy an antidote to modern peoples’ loneliness, or an addictive drug that cannot actually satisfy their psychological needs?