6 Smart Gadgets to Combat Loneliness

Loneliness is indeed a strange phenomenon. Many of us go through it in some form or the other, even when we are surrounded by our loved ones. Modern technology is not helping in this, what will happen is people are spending more time behind their computer screens instead of watching in person. But thankfully, a handful of gadgets have been developed to help fight that fear of loneliness and give us a chance to feel surrounded by people.

1. Robotic Pets

The first thing that probably comes to mind is robotic pets. There are a lot of them on the market, and most of them look like dogs or cats, but can an AI pet robot replace them? They are great companions and can help you feel a little more relaxed in the company of a living creature.

Some of them even have fairly sophisticated AI, but they are still far from perfect. They’re going to wander off, bark at random times, and generally try to be as cute as possible. If you pet them, they may even wither.

The only drawback is that they’ll probably cost you a lot, and you can only own one. But hey, at least there’s no need to feed it every day, right?

They come in quite a few different shapes too, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find the right one for you – there are round, square and even rabbit ones.

According to CBS News, more and more people are turning to robotic pets for solace and mental therapy. This is a result of the pandemic-led isolation and loneliness, which is becoming a very serious problem in Japan.

2. Smart Speaker

Most of us already have a smart speaker in our homes—and chances are it’s not doing you any good.

And while they can be very helpful when you need to set an alarm or add something to your shopping list, it seems they can do something else too – help you fight loneliness.

A voice assistant can be used to help you feel less alone, especially when it comes to small tasks. You can ask it for news updates, weather forecasts or random facts. Nothing beats listening to a friend talking about their day. But at least someone is talking to you instead of ignoring your calls because they are too busy with work.

It may also help you to meditate, some calming music, or simply read a short story. Just be careful, if you’re lonely enough, you might start talking to Alexa more than you do to your friends.

3. Virtual Reality Headset

Technology takes us to new heights when it comes to virtual reality. It’s the perfect tool for just about anything you can imagine. Now VR isn’t just about playing games—it can also be used to fight loneliness.

Most VR headsets aren’t very expensive, so getting one is fairly easy. They come in a variety of styles and sizes, so you’ll have no problem finding the right one for you. And once you do, you’ll be able to experience a whole new world full of adventure.

They may be dreamy, but it’s better than being stuck in your room alone, right? They can also be a great tool to help you practice social skills and get over your fears.

4. Digital Photo Frames

Many of us have become so addicted to cell phones that we no longer even use photo frames. However, there are many benefits to displaying digital or printed photos in your living room or bedroom—one being the fact that it eliminates feelings of being alone.

Having a picture of your friends or family on the wall always reminds you that they are just a call away from you, even if they are miles away from you. It also makes for a great conversation starter and helps people connect with you which makes it easier for them to bond with.

A digital photo frame shouldn’t break the bank, so you can get your hands on one without any problems.

5. Friendship lamp

The next gadget on our list is a bit different from the others, but still it is something that you must have. Friendship lamps work by sending your signal to a friend’s lamp and turning it on.

It’s like having a friend all the time—even when you’re not with them. This can help ease your loneliness by reminding you that someone cares for you. The only drawback is that if your friend doesn’t also have the Friendship Lamp, you can’t use it.

It is a great way to combine the invention of modern technology with ancient traditions.

You can also use it to send different colors and short messages to your loved ones, so it becomes easier for them to feel your presence when you cannot be around them.

6. Smart Jewelry

Wearing a ring, bracelet or necklace with smart technology, you can literally feel your loved one’s heartbeat with just a tap.

No, this is not straight out of a science fiction movie. It is a wonderful invention made possible by modern technology. You can easily set up your loved one with a smart jewelry device and sync it with an app on your phone.

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