Representations about the Loneliness of Participants in the Internet Forum:
Cognitive Aspect


Sitnikova S.V.

Dr. Sci (Sociol.), Prof. of the Department of social Informatics of the faculty of sociology, N.G. Chernyshevsky National Research Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia skareva@yandex.ru

DOI: 10.31857/S013216250008803-6
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Sitnikova S.V. Representations about the Loneliness of Participants in the Internet Forum: Cognitive Aspect. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2020. No 3. P. 138-142




Abstract

The article presents results of empiric sociological research which had the aim to identify the cognitive aspects of a person’s loneliness. Analysis of the messages from one Internet forum made it possible to define the notional borders of loneliness understanding by those who have this feeling. On the basis of received material the author made a classification of the messages according to following aspects – number of responses, context of reasoning, borders of social distance, level of involvement into the discourse of responses’ authors. As a result, it was found that loneliness, long absence of understanding and relation with soulmates, is interpreted as a social deviation. On the contrary, short-term physical loneliness in spatial context is interpreted as normal routine of a reflecting person.


Keywords
loneliness; social bonds; social exclusion; understanding
Content No 3, 2020