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Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat.

Email, text, instant messages, cellphone calls.

There are more ways than ever to connect with others — yet many of us know the hollow ache of loneliness.

Loneliness isn’t constrained by age, gender, marital status or job title. CEOs feel it. So do cubicle dwellers. As do new moms, granddads, recent college grads and elementary school students.

Even royalty isn’t immune. Duchess Kate of Cambridge said in April that she has felt lonely and isolated as a mother.

And yes, some of those Facebook friends who continually post photos of bar outings and extended family gatherings may be quite lonely, too.

The prevalence of loneliness “is surprisingly high,” says John Cacioppo, director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, who has studied the topic extensively

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source: Laura Petrecca

USA TODAY

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