Everybody feels lonely sometimes. But only few of us are aware how important this feeling was for our ancestors - and that our modern world can turn it into something that really hurts us. Why do we feel this way and what can we do about it?
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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Mês atrás

    We designed a poster on this topic as well. You can find it here: standard.tv/collections/in-a-nutshell/products/in-a-nutshell-loneliness-poster

    • Itz Juan

      Itz Juan

      22 horas atrás

      +PeeweeTheKiwi WHAT

    • Arman Çatalkaya

      Arman Çatalkaya

      Dia atrás

      No cure ...loneliness

    • Thanet Phoumsavanh

      Thanet Phoumsavanh

      8 dias atrás

      Can you please do a Video Based on How to Win Friends And Influence People please it will help SOOOO many people

    • Itz Juan

      Itz Juan

      9 dias atrás

      You should do something similar with the thumbnail, it's pretty good imo

    • Appelden Lim

      Appelden Lim

      10 dias atrás

      *I have never recieve any invitation before*

  2. Jonathan Chriqui

    Jonathan Chriqui

    22 horas atrás

    My life in a nutshell :(

  3. shisui uzumaki

    shisui uzumaki

    Dia atrás

    I love dog's so much

  4. Joseph Christian Cua

    Joseph Christian Cua

    Dia atrás


  5. melvin george

    melvin george

    Dia atrás

    *How lonely are you?* Me: *Table tennis for one*

  6. Janel Hathaway

    Janel Hathaway

    Dia atrás

    Thank you for this. And doing topics on mental health. It was seriously the perfect time to see this. We are all here to connect and grow together.

  7. Niyi Aguaze

    Niyi Aguaze

    Dia atrás

    What if the loneliness is triggered because of preventing yourself to feel the pain of losing a loved one again?

  8. Staggeredgore99


    Dia atrás

    I had to watch this more than one time to solve my lonliness

  9. Xbox needs help

    Xbox needs help

    Dia atrás

    I'm only lonely because I hate people. Never met a real humen being. Just another fake copycat.

    • Xbox needs help

      Xbox needs help

      Dia atrás

      +Lee Clark it's hard to explain. And I will proberly be called sexist or racist aswell lol.

    • Lee Clark

      Lee Clark

      Dia atrás

      As long as you hate everyone equally, but once you hate selectively, they will call you prejudice. Lol

  10. JoyDeparted


    Dia atrás

    Me: Want to go for a coffee during lunch? Female co-worker: I have a boyfriend Guess i'll just have lunch alone?

  11. Luke Beevers

    Luke Beevers

    Dia atrás

    Thank you. I hope I will properly take the advice.

  12. Olio Di Palma

    Olio Di Palma

    Dia atrás

    5:36 finally some good fucking news

  13. Mike Barrett

    Mike Barrett

    Dia atrás

    Lonely pretty much all the time, at the point. This life is kinda meh, tbh

  14. you


    Dia atrás

    All the soyboys in the comment section complaining about how they're lonely lol

  15. Y2Kvids


    Dia atrás

    I am not alone , I have You . ....Tube.

  16. ismail erradi

    ismail erradi

    Dia atrás

    Video : *you're not the only one* Me : *Happiness noises*

  17. Rado's CS SHIT POST

    Rado's CS SHIT POST

    Dia atrás

    The most beautiful channel ever made .

  18. Talazzz


    2 dias atrás

    I cried when I watch this and yeah... loneliness can kill well it can make you want kill yourself

  19. francis santos

    francis santos

    2 dias atrás

    I thought I will get hurt by this video but I am wrong. In fact I am feeling happy about it because I know I on the right track. Maybe no one will read this, but as the video said we need to be vulnerable and open up a bit, even no one will notice. So thanks for the video Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell

  20. Shailaja Dubey

    Shailaja Dubey

    2 dias atrás

    i can link to all stuff you said i am very lonely in my heart and my mind i cant think of anything **(

  21. maverick


    2 dias atrás

    다 좋은데 마지막 전문의 와의 상담은 우리나라정서엔 좀 안맞음 나도 우울증때문에 정신과병원을 다녀봤지만 그냥 약만 처방해주거나 아아 그냥 우울증이네 ㅎ 하면서 하찮고 귀찮다고 표현하는 경우가 많았음 본인이 제대로 된 전문의를 못만난걸수도 있지만 전문의도 사람이기 때문에 좀 더 신중해야 할 필요가 있음

  22. Thomas the Train

    Thomas the Train

    2 dias atrás

    Me: I'm so lonely. Everybody else: Then don't be alone. Me: omg why did I not think of that. Absolute genius.

    • Thomas the Train

      Thomas the Train

      2 dias atrás

      What's even worse is they don't understand my sarcasm :/

  23. Locos World

    Locos World

    2 dias atrás

    Why are ur videos so deep and beautiful??

  24. Ken Agrawal

    Ken Agrawal

    2 dias atrás

    My only best friend for the last 11-12 years has been my mirror.

  25. Agata Ziętek

    Agata Ziętek

    2 dias atrás

    I used to feel lonely for most of my life. Then I met my best friend and for two years I didn't feel lonely at all. But now we grew up and we have way less time for each other and I'm back to feeling lonely on a regular basis. But now I realize that it can be different for me and that's valuable

  26. Shrek 697

    Shrek 697

    2 dias atrás

    This helped me with my brake up

  27. Momma Chimichanga

    Momma Chimichanga

    2 dias atrás

    Sometimes I tell my mother about how my elementary school life was and she tells me to stop a lot because it makes her sad a worried...

  28. Lurchnblue70


    2 dias atrás

    Loneliness is my only friend and I'm quite happy with him being so! UwU

  29. milk


    2 dias atrás

    i felt lonely watching this

  30. Zg Zg

    Zg Zg

    2 dias atrás

    So relatable...

  31. Pinochet


    2 dias atrás

    This made me feel tiny, and of all the many people in the world, my problems are one of the many, many, many problems others are dealing with

  32. Richard Edwards

    Richard Edwards

    2 dias atrás

    Courts co zat is How you pronounce it

  33. Nom Nom Nom

    Nom Nom Nom

    2 dias atrás

    Bahkan sebelum mencoba nya aku tahu akan ada penolakan, tapi aku tetap mencoba dan hasilnya ditolak oleh mereka ketika aku ingin mencoba. Kenapa bisa begitu? I'm so sad :(

  34. Ash Gibson

    Ash Gibson

    2 dias atrás

    Plus it's not the fact I'm afraid to meet people but each time I have tried to befriend people I get let down, one person said for 2 weeks yup were going to this movie fundraiser and then 10 min before the movie she messages me to say she cant go cos she like still hadn't had dinner? Fucking bullshit reason and then so far others who have offered to do things never follow through. If you havent got family or a partner or children seems like mostly everyone else has.. got their own thing going on..

  35. Ash Gibson

    Ash Gibson

    2 dias atrás

    It's even harder when you havent got any family left and you're dealing with a life time of loss, bullying, abuse, rejection, heartache, and no money to do anything.

  36. Commander Kizza

    Commander Kizza

    2 dias atrás

    this is actually pretty true from what ive experienced. been bullied, have trouble with social interactions, my best friend moved away, i have 2 online friends and 1 friend that isnt really the best kind of friend. its not that easy living like this

  37. Yen Pox

    Yen Pox

    2 dias atrás

    Utterly relatable. Good video!

  38. Joeyo Liban

    Joeyo Liban

    2 dias atrás

    Everytime i feel lonely.

  39. Steve's Sketches

    Steve's Sketches

    2 dias atrás

    A few of the silouttes throughout the video are mildly pixelized, it may require a fix. Regardless, this video is amazing!

  40. 김동영


    2 dias atrás

    저는 영어를 잘 못합니다 제 문제가 뭔지 돌아보게 됬어요 감사합니다. 이렇게 귀한 영상을 만들어주셔서... 눈물이 핑 돕니다. 다시 세상에 도전해볼 용기를 얻었습니다. 고맙습니다 Thank you so much

  41. Johnny Depp Emma Watson

    Johnny Depp Emma Watson

    3 dias atrás

    I'm stucked. That is too hard to fix. Specially when you don't have any friends or you're not sure if they like to be a friend for you

  42. Johnny Depp Emma Watson

    Johnny Depp Emma Watson

    3 dias atrás

    Any INTJs here??

  43. Shreeya Mittal

    Shreeya Mittal

    3 dias atrás

    How about if you're lonely and fine with being that way? 'Coz I like my label as a social stigma.

  44. Jorge Rojas Vargas

    Jorge Rojas Vargas

    3 dias atrás

    This is by far one of your best videos, guys. You are straight up awesome.

  45. Brandon Fraire

    Brandon Fraire

    3 dias atrás

    Thanks kurgasak

  46. TheOperamore


    3 dias atrás

    Did she just spit at 2:59 ? lol

  47. Mr. Jin

    Mr. Jin

    3 dias atrás

    Loneliness is apart of my biology well that part is a pretty big part

  48. KunniK


    3 dias atrás

    Too busy with romance for friends? now there's a problem I want to have

  49. Punto Of Mystery

    Punto Of Mystery

    3 dias atrás

    The most relatable thing I’ve ever seen. I moved to a new area and was bullied relentlessly for just 2 years at the age of 15; I’d never been singled out before and it hit me like a truck. I lashed out at all my old friends in response because I was jealous that they still got to hang out and do stuff regularly while I was too far away and constantly alone with only my older tormentors. over the last 13 years, I’ve done well- I have my own business with clients in four countries, travel overseas at least twice a month, am what many folks consider aesthetically attractive, am out in nature any chance I get, am exceptionally fit and healthy... Yet I have no friends, nobody to go for a drink or to the movies with and I’m perpetually single. That first massive rejection has stuck with me; I cross the street if I see a human approaching, wear headphones constantly in public, cannot maintain eye contact unless I’m in a work related interaction in which case I put on my “mask” and every time I do go out to socialise, I end up sitting paralysed with fear in total silence for hours until suddenly jumping up and leaving having not spoken to a soul. I genuinely believe there’s no point in talking to anyone because they won’t like me anyway. By isolating myself I’ve come to believe I’m boring with no humour, nothing to add to the conversation that nobody else can’t say better than me and that because im not bubbly people would much rather talk to more extroverted company. I constantly get asked why I’m single, why I don’t seem to have any close or old friends and the truth is I’m terrified. I’m terrified of people and I’m terrified of rejection. Wouldn’t wish it on anyone, it’s truly crippling.

  50. Lydia Viator

    Lydia Viator

    3 dias atrás

    hm well i've never made one friend in my life face to face before so i might as well get cancer any time soon

  51. Smile Smile

    Smile Smile

    3 dias atrás


  52. bentherusho


    3 dias atrás

    This is what happened to me, so much I had dark thoughts. With help I'm much better now but I still struggle with social interactions but that's due to an underlying condition.

  53. MrFlux Pavilion

    MrFlux Pavilion

    3 dias atrás

    lmao after watching this i get the urge to leave the house and try to be more sociable but then after i do leave the house and im just as lonely outside as i am when im inside.then feel even more shitty when i see all the people walking around laughing with friends Hits right in the Feels.

  54. Dr Stingray

    Dr Stingray

    3 dias atrás

    I know this is sudden and random, but what is being lonely? Is it having human company? Or is it communicating with another being or interacting with it. We are never truly lonely. Matter revolves around us, YOU are matter.....sooo why do we feel lonely....? Emotions? Or is it just the 'thought' or 'feeling' of never being heard? I dont know exactly, but that's my take on what being 'lonely' could be.

  55. Roberto Sanchez

    Roberto Sanchez

    3 dias atrás

    This channel is over-hyped.

  56. Frogs David

    Frogs David

    3 dias atrás

    Subscribe if pewdiepie

  57. master master

    master master

    3 dias atrás

    You all have no clue what loneliness rly is...

  58. Xane Graphics

    Xane Graphics

    3 dias atrás

    I really really love this channel

  59. pranav vardhan

    pranav vardhan

    3 dias atrás

    Nice timing i realy lost for a day becos of loneliness tq

  60. Leon Schuring

    Leon Schuring

    3 dias atrás

    All you need in life is Jesus, you will never feel alone.

  61. Владимир Жиров

    Владимир Жиров

    4 dias atrás

    I like it!!!!!

  62. Tasha5551


    4 dias atrás

    Such an eye opening video. I didn't even realise it but I've experience loneliness so so long and haven't been able to identify it

  63. Gulraiz Farrukh

    Gulraiz Farrukh

    4 dias atrás

    this is literally fuckin me

  64. Richard Taylor

    Richard Taylor

    4 dias atrás

    This makes me think of my depression

  65. Dillandash58


    4 dias atrás

    I 👏🏻 want 👏🏻 a 👏🏻 face 👏🏻 reveal! 👏🏻

  66. Damian Stonquist

    Damian Stonquist

    4 dias atrás

    This is one of the most amazing and helpful videos I've seen. I've felt suffocated by this for so long now and all the negative emotions/thoughts/perspectives/assumptions I've been experiencing have become second nature, to the point that it's engrained in my personality and I was blind to identify the root cause. Thank you a million times, Kurzgesagt, for opening my mind to myself and pushing to open my heart to others.

  67. music blue

    music blue

    4 dias atrás

    That's how I feel in the inside and outside like if you Feel the same unlike if you don't feel it

  68. Jesus Sosa

    Jesus Sosa

    4 dias atrás

    I have no friends and had no friends for my whole life

    • Stealthy Bleach

      Stealthy Bleach

      Dia atrás


  69. Farah Louis

    Farah Louis

    4 dias atrás

    This is deep

  70. Ashley Hart

    Ashley Hart

    4 dias atrás

    Thank you for this video.. it really opened my eyes

  71. suga glider ;-;

    suga glider ;-;

    4 dias atrás

    I've been lonely all my life I struggle with things like . Anxiety . Social anxiety . Im Socially awkward . Low self esteem . I struggle to make friends . I dont make eye contact . I struggle to simply go into a shop and buy something . I think that everyone is judging me for everything and every fukcing action I do I'm still trying to overcome these things and I'm going to get a counselor, I hate this part of my life...which sadly is about 80% of it. I mean I have friends but funnily enough we are all exactly the same, we joined together as almost the rejects. Where all really kind to each other and look after each other and stick up for one another if others are trying to tack the piss out of us. The fact that I'm still in high school scared me and I'm worried how I'll manage when I'm older...

  72. Urbaaniapina


    4 dias atrás

    One Finnish song ones said. "It's pointless waiting to hear the gunshot when loneliness will carve the same hole". If someone didn't catch the message. It talks about suicide.

  73. Josh Mccartie

    Josh Mccartie

    4 dias atrás


  74. Jakob Morales

    Jakob Morales

    4 dias atrás

    Oh darn...I need to get help



    4 dias atrás

    Every single day , i feels lonely ,and every single day, i try to talk to poeple , its end up with me to be more lonely .........it's really hurt 💔💔

    • Husham Fusion

      Husham Fusion

      2 dias atrás

      Sadly, a lot of people have deviated from what was thought to be morally right. Jerks are everywhere and people are simply egocentric. That's just the way things are, and I've learned to live with it. I want to change it, but it seems like I unfortunately just never get an opportunity.

  76. FanelliFilms


    4 dias atrás

    I shouldn’t have watched videos about Evangelion today

  77. Muffin Grande

    Muffin Grande

    4 dias atrás

    All of the comments here are genius

  78. First Name Last Name

    First Name Last Name

    4 dias atrás

    I got a headspace ad about loneliness

  79. UnderBridge Rock

    UnderBridge Rock

    4 dias atrás

    I feel lonely and complacent, Salt Lake City has made me dislike mormons and avoid there interaction. This isn't healthy. I should just play it simple and move somewhere that doesn't isolate me. I'm not Buddha or Jesus Christ, these people require that level of patients and I only wake up perfect a couple days a week.

  80. winner winner chicken dinner

    winner winner chicken dinner

    4 dias atrás

    I cried while watching this. So much work and effort just to make this video. I can attest that it made an impact on me.

  81. Ajit V. Pai

    Ajit V. Pai

    4 dias atrás

    god i relate to every second of this video on a molecular level it's scary but it also makes so much sense how things are connected

  82. Ajit V. Pai

    Ajit V. Pai

    4 dias atrás

    Facebook reporting system: What's wrong? *I'm in this video and I don't like it.*

  83. Anastatian E Romani Journalist Gypsy

    Anastatian E Romani Journalist Gypsy

    5 dias atrás

    Thank you for your time and consideration from Peace Mode Arena and Enlightenment Consciousness by Anastatian Elizabeth Romani founder

  84. Der Aua

    Der Aua

    5 dias atrás

    If only professional help would be helpful :-(

  85. eat ham

    eat ham

    5 dias atrás

    the hole in the chest reminds me of hollows

  86. Phong Võ

    Phong Võ

    5 dias atrás

    Thank you so much! Your video helps me a lot and im sure it makes many other better too

  87. Shashikanth Sadhanandan

    Shashikanth Sadhanandan

    5 dias atrás

    I often feel lonely. This is my WhatsApp number 7715807715 u can text me anytime If u also feel lonely. We can be very good friends. Let's kill loneliness together. 😊

  88. محاسن احمدون

    محاسن احمدون

    5 dias atrás

    I love i admire kurzgzgat 😍😍😍😍😍

  89. HAŪ R U

    HAŪ R U

    5 dias atrás

    This video talk loneliness related to science. And it lets me know what l should do. l have to love myself because it is first step that starts to every relationship.

  90. Lily Fohey

    Lily Fohey

    5 dias atrás

    wow. i didnt expect i would be able to relate to so many people about this! the thing the video said about your brain being out of tune to facial expressions and misunderstanding them is exactly what i have been feeling for so long! i still do struggle with that exact thing to this day but it is getting better. its taking awhile to get better and it sometimes drives me crazy how slow the progress is taking but its slowly but surely making a turn for the better. human phyychology is a really interesting thing. it can be really scary and weird at times but it is interesting. (please excuse my aweful spelling)

  91. radical


    5 dias atrás


  92. Remy Dupart

    Remy Dupart

    5 dias atrás

    This really means a lot to me.

  93. Usama Nada

    Usama Nada

    5 dias atrás

    I am following this channel since its beginning. By far this is "the most remarkable" video they have made .. Dear Kurzgesagt, this video for many people facing and suffering loneliness, could be a real life changing. Thanks a lot for your efforts.

  94. Joey Prater

    Joey Prater

    5 dias atrás

    Holy crap this video was better than any therapists I’ve been to. And this video is basically explaining my life.

  95. acemanmkiii


    5 dias atrás

    Me: it sure is lonely I'm here BR-channel autoplay: say no more fam

  96. Pandaren Warrior

    Pandaren Warrior

    5 dias atrás

    Then what do you do when you gave people the benefit of the doubt repeatedly, and you got a baseball bat to the back of the head each time?

  97. The Owl Glow

    The Owl Glow

    5 dias atrás

    i miss the bitbs. But thats not a bad thing, the video is incredible

  98. Kirkology


    5 dias atrás

    Depression aside; Can we take a moment to appreciate the soundtrack?

  99. epyon542


    5 dias atrás

    Thank you for this, My significant other has been battling with loneliness for a while now and I've been trying to figure out how to help her and I think you basically have started me on the right path.

  100. Eventually Sa

    Eventually Sa

    5 dias atrás

    Hands up all

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