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

    18 horas 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

    • Julião Branco

      Julião Branco

      11 horas atrás

      This video made me want to listen for So Lonely by The Police

    • Syk


      11 horas atrás

      +June Cash Your beliefs are not Facts.

    • Karkat Vantas

      Karkat Vantas

      11 horas atrás

      The animation in this video was phenomenal! Always incredibly well done, but this time it was noticeably more dynamic and smooth. Things like the transition to the dots to represent communities of 50 -100 people staying with you your entire life, so smooth and well thought out. The detail in these videos help the understanding become so much easier. Amazing work!

    • welberson franklin

      welberson franklin

      11 horas atrás

      can I write some subtitles in portuguese for your videos?

    • June Cash

      June Cash

      11 horas atrás

      Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell can u do one on why you shouldn't eat PORK.

  2. 박승현


    11 horas atrás

    This is a message to all left and right extremists agendas to stop or loneliness will kill humanity and not war or disease.

  3. Daniel Cox

    Daniel Cox

    11 horas atrás

    well now im crying

  4. TheSnoopKat


    11 horas atrás

    I have a few great friends. My problems generally come from wanting anything more than that. I've tried and nothing ever seems to work out. I've experienced the feelings you describe in the video. Over thinking how people don't like you, paying more attention to others but feeling disconnected from them, etc. Even with all that I still force myself to get out more, it just never goes anywhere. And that just feeds into my previous emotions of feeling unwanted. It's really hard to keep at it like this, but I know if I stop trying I'll never get better. I wish everybody good luck with their loneliness.

  5. Danny Matlob

    Danny Matlob

    11 horas atrás

    This video was actually such an eye opener for me. Just yesterday I was trying to decline an invitation, not because I couldn't but because I was afraid of social contact. Today I accepted and I feel like its a step in the right direction!

  6. Sattam


    11 horas atrás


  7. Magikarp


    11 horas atrás

    I don’t have a single friend

  8. Your Local Weeb

    Your Local Weeb

    11 horas atrás

    Can't feel lonely if you never had anyone.

  9. Georg Steinröhder

    Georg Steinröhder

    11 horas atrás

    Can you do jealousy next?

  10. Acidminter


    11 horas atrás

    I like loneliness actually. It gives me the feeling of being alone in the Universe. I like it

  11. Del Toro

    Del Toro

    11 horas atrás

    They feel linely cause they live their phones more then people.get rid of that shit or find some phone only with text and call.fuck social media fuck internet, we need human expereinces

  12. Salsabila Deissy

    Salsabila Deissy

    11 horas atrás

    hi! does anyone here want to get to know each other? would be nice for me to have an overseas friend from the internet, as I can improve my english too! we can talk about things and maybe that could help us to feel a little less lonely

  13. Papa Joseph Stalin

    Papa Joseph Stalin

    11 horas atrás

    i am always alone in school only doing lessons and nothing else

  14. Hybrid Gaming

    Hybrid Gaming

    11 horas atrás

    The lack of birds makes me feel lonely

  15. bloop gaming penguin

    bloop gaming penguin

    11 horas atrás

    2 videos in 1 month. Wow

  16. Perfect


    11 horas atrás


  17. eweliyi


    11 horas atrás

    10:41 Most animals get what they need from their surroundings, we get what we need from each other. That is not correct, most animals are as social as we are and can't survive without close social ties either.

  18. Damian Louden

    Damian Louden

    11 horas atrás

    This video made my cry so hard. I knew I shouldn't have watched this shit. Not only am I lonely, but I'm also fucking dying. Great.

  19. Devashish Mantri

    Devashish Mantri

    11 horas atrás

    Wow. Watched this video at the right time!

  20. Joseph Sarra

    Joseph Sarra

    11 horas atrás

    Hi Kurzgesagt, Great Work! I have a video request I want to ask, remember the video called 'What Is Something?' Where you talk about what and why are things? And then you'll talk about them more in detail on topics such as 'What Is a Force?', 'Why Are There Things?', and 'What Is Energy?'? Can you make these videos, please? It's been three years since 'What Is Something?' is uploaded and I want to learn more about them through your videos instead of seeing the message 'Release in 2016, subscribe so you don't miss it.' Although it's been three years already and so far, nothing. Please let me know about the videos and thank you for reading.

  21. Nikita Tushinski

    Nikita Tushinski

    11 horas atrás

    It started with me too early

  22. Tsuser Gaming

    Tsuser Gaming

    11 horas atrás

    This is an amazing video that highlights not only how loneliness came to be, but how we react to it accordingly; I think this very well may be the best video made by this team of talented content creators to this date. (I enjoyed not having an ad awkwardly crammed in the beginning)

  23. ricardo diaz

    ricardo diaz

    11 horas atrás

    Well this answered me but I really have a problem trusting people and always feel like I have to add something to the table if I want to become friends. That’s why I’ve changed my life by heading to the gym to lose weight and gain muscle. Plus for some reason I always thought having a huge group of friends is boring and remember in highschool I always had 1 or 2 to talk to at a time. Generally I always thought having friends was unnecessary and bettering oneself is more important.

  24. Bill Cipher

    Bill Cipher

    11 horas atrás


  25. MrRolnicek


    11 horas atrás

    Well, yes I have become complacent. But to me, feeling lonely is better than going through the social interactions I had before. Maybe I'm not actually feeling lonely, maybe I'm fine without social interactions.

  26. Viersechs


    11 horas atrás

    This was... Eye opening.

  27. Bilal Arshad

    Bilal Arshad

    11 horas atrás

    I am feeling lonely one like may help

  28. nopls


    11 horas atrás

    get out of my head

  29. Estorio DeathAngel

    Estorio DeathAngel

    11 horas atrás

    You know kurzgesagt thinks a video is extremely important when they keep out the dead birds out of their videos

  30. Alexander Johnny

    Alexander Johnny

    11 horas atrás

    This is bs, everybody is different you cant tell somebody what to do with their life , we are not all sheeps to do what you want, everybody knows that the media including youtube is controlled in the shadows by the real leaders of this world

  31. Аркадий Скайуокер

    Аркадий Скайуокер

    11 horas atrás

    Great video! I was feeling lonely for a long time. But recently I acknowledged it and changed my behavior. It really helps

  32. Felix Dubis Wolf

    Felix Dubis Wolf

    11 horas atrás

    This video cut deep. In the best way possible, though. It's made me realize a lot of things I couldn't put into words. Thanks Kurzgesagt.

  33. Elvis Teixeira

    Elvis Teixeira

    11 horas atrás

    I love hearing german people speaking English. Last week I had a job interview with a german lady and almost proposed her in the spot haha

  34. Vishal Yadav

    Vishal Yadav

    11 horas atrás

    You have no idea how sincerely I watched this video. I am lonely af. I can relate soo much. Thanks!!

  35. Panda Watch

    Panda Watch

    11 horas atrás

    Do you think, with the world changing that we'll keep evolving to a point in the future when humans don't feel lonely, as loneliness evolved, maybe it'll evolve again.. Anyway nice video, have a good night everyone. Gd luck

  36. yiran


    11 horas atrás

    Oof . Tfw you are actually happy when people avoid you and actively try to avoid people... Welp. Guess I'll die early. Not that I'm complaining

  37. Budzy Games

    Budzy Games

    11 horas atrás

    Thank you.

  38. Nils R.K.

    Nils R.K.

    11 horas atrás

    Well, it seems I’ve got chronic loneliness... It really do be like that sometimes

  39. JamesIsMyName


    11 horas atrás

    Amazing video! Touching and informative!

  40. XNX.ROmania


    11 horas atrás

    Maybe every individual should be somehow educated to to empathize with people how suffer. I had a few existential crisis in the last 2 years and what I got from them was that the most beautiful thing in this universe is to be amazed of this reality we live in and to try to understand it. In the process of understanding it, one of the most satisfactorily things are to try to understand other people and also, to help people who suffer to accept themselves instead of shunning them or even mocking them because everybody (even people with some mental disorders) have something in them them that worth to be known to the others.

  41. João Santos

    João Santos

    11 horas atrás

    This hits home. I want her back. I want someone to love me and whom I can build a family and grow old with. I'm scared to death I won't be able to achieve those things. There's this whole inside me that I can't fill.

  42. Matti S.

    Matti S.

    11 horas atrás

    Best Yt channel

  43. Alex Whitton

    Alex Whitton

    11 horas atrás

    Yup I'm lonely even though I have good friends...

  44. Tsuna Takahiro

    Tsuna Takahiro

    11 horas atrás

    I can relate to a lot of this but I'm not lonely I prefer to be alone and people just suck these days social media has turned most people into self-absorbed sociopaths and everyone only just wants to smoke or be smoked out. I feel I'm the only person not into smoking.

  45. Srijan Maharjan

    Srijan Maharjan

    11 horas atrás

    I'm here if anyone wants to talk.

  46. Ingenio Ocioso

    Ingenio Ocioso

    11 horas atrás

    Nice video! We love this channel, but we miss the Kurzgesagt birds!

  47. LemonadeQuoks


    11 horas atrás

    Olivia Liang's hybrid book, The Lonely City, is a wonderful novel that is both a simultaneously comforting and all too realistic depiction of modern isolation between artists and musicians alike. Give it a read, it was written for the lonely ones

  48. JohnnyAngel


    11 horas atrás

    DND is how i manage my chronic loneliness.

  49. Kevin Trinh

    Kevin Trinh

    11 horas atrás

    Donald Trump is lonely at 9:55

  50. aLostLonelySoul


    11 horas atrás

    buds gonna die when he’s 20

  51. Julião Branco

    Julião Branco

    11 horas atrás

    This video made me want to listen for So Lonely by The Police

  52. r3tr0m0nk3y MIMI

    r3tr0m0nk3y MIMI

    11 horas atrás

    im so glad i found this channel

  53. crazyyenii


    11 horas atrás

    Well makes sense. Probably why I thought about doing myself in when I left for a foreign college and why even with people I felt isolated. The more you know I guess

  54. Pmax16


    11 horas atrás

    I’d just like to say that the soundtrack on this video is amazing. You guys always do a great job in all the aspects of your videos

  55. DahVoozel


    11 horas atrás

    But wouldn't you rather hang out watching BR-channel videos made by people who explain that your alienation has clearly defined perpetrators?

  56. Tbasko sauce

    Tbasko sauce

    11 horas atrás

    My dad got sick in 2015 so i moved back to my homeland and ive been home for almost all those years i went from extremely social guy to almost 70 percent introverted, I still talk to friends online , and play online to pass time, but ifeel socially awkward now. Hardly able to talk to women its weird....

  57. screetch sketch

    screetch sketch

    11 horas atrás

    My cry for help is not acknowledging it .... But I'm hopeful. It's abstract but it is as absolute I can bring myself to be. Great video.

  58. Good potato

    Good potato

    11 horas atrás

    I got no friends and I FEEL GOOD

  59. Rayne Veron

    Rayne Veron

    11 horas atrás

    i felt so lonely this year since all my friends moved :(

  60. Your Residential Gondola

    Your Residential Gondola

    11 horas atrás

    Yeah, I did something similar to this to get out of that hole. For most of my life I didn’t have a lot, at some times any, friends or social interaction. I took hella risks to get out of that cycle. For anyone with a similar problem, it will get better, but not on its own. You can do it. Take some risks

  61. Benis :-DD

    Benis :-DD

    11 horas atrás

    "recommended for you"

  62. Ye Monkey

    Ye Monkey

    11 horas atrás

    Fuck you recomended

  63. Eric Hershel

    Eric Hershel

    11 horas atrás

    As the video said, being alone doesn’t = loneliness. I rarely feel lonely when I am alone. On the other hand, I often feel lonely when around others.

  64. Filip Mitevski

    Filip Mitevski

    11 horas atrás

    Cool Idea to post some books at the end

  65. Soleilune


    11 horas atrás

    Stop being selfish, you f*cks. It is human nature to share with others. Greed is corruption. Come together!

  66. Antiance _

    Antiance _

    11 horas atrás

    This video perfectly encapsulates why I love Kurtzgesagt. It’s simple, elegant and accessible. I love how they make these videos so human and positive, even when addressing critically important topics. Keep it up, Kurtzgesagt!

  67. Acryval


    11 horas atrás

    Wow i've just told my brother that I probably have deppresion and that I genuinely need help. So.. thank you for this video, it's beautiful and I want to like this more than once.

  68. Reez 8

    Reez 8

    11 horas atrás

    What if im obese,smoking a pack a day and lonely??😭😭

  69. Cedric M

    Cedric M

    11 horas atrás

    Point 3: ABSOLUTELY TRUE, in my case. So accurate it hurts.

  70. The Original G

    The Original G

    11 horas atrás

    I'm a flaker so... am I lonely?

  71. Joshua TheAwesome

    Joshua TheAwesome

    11 horas atrás

    I wish I had enough invitations to stuff to turn some down, but no one invites me anywhere almost ever. At least I can help other people have the luxury of turning down invitations to things, though!

  72. Valentina Liu

    Valentina Liu

    11 horas atrás

    Fuckkkkkk. I'm fuckedddd.

  73. Menelin


    11 horas atrás

    I love how this video adds ways to counter the feedback loop instead of just saying why it happens.

  74. RED mind

    RED mind

    11 horas atrás

    IDK if it bad but I like to stay alone to study or think, I don't really have any close friends but I like to be with my self. .

  75. suga glider ;-;

    suga glider ;-;

    11 horas atrás

    ...I have chronic loneliness..now I know.

  76. Ashish Chandra

    Ashish Chandra

    11 horas atrás

    Hey....wanna be friends..... can't offer more than lifelong friendship

  77. SUKOTTO 21

    SUKOTTO 21

    11 horas atrás

    Just what I needed

  78. stomppa


    11 horas atrás

    Thank you for making this video!

  79. Ethan Ling

    Ethan Ling

    11 horas atrás

    That moment when u realize there was no intro

  80. oh really

    oh really

    11 horas atrás

    I hope that the people with that problems get better or get a professional help because I was in this mess as well and I was depressed 2 years and I didn't have friend but one day I gained confidence and courage to get help and step out of it. I assure everybody that reads this that after they get help they will understand what I say. Please be brave and don't let anybody or anything to stop you in search for happiness. I hope this message helps you all.

  81. make me Famous

    make me Famous

    11 horas atrás

    Loneliness makes you to learn psychology

  82. Rick Bhattacharya

    Rick Bhattacharya

    11 horas atrás

    Yes i am lonely but i have my 2D companions . And where are the birdies ??

  83. Nerd Stark

    Nerd Stark

    11 horas atrás

    Thank you School of Life...Oh wait.

  84. sohfti


    11 horas atrás

    bro so i can die from being a sad lonely bitch??

  85. Zuhair Nadeem

    Zuhair Nadeem

    11 horas atrás

    Anybody 😢 wanna be my friend.....

  86. Muhammad Wardhan Nurrizqillah

    Muhammad Wardhan Nurrizqillah

    11 horas atrás

    I thought I had chronic loneliness, but then I remembered I'm just super lazy and really appreciate being alone. I still try to keep in touch with my friends though.

  87. Skrillah


    11 horas atrás

    Thanks for making me feel lonely even though i hang out with my friends multiple times a week

  88. Zero Supremo

    Zero Supremo

    11 horas atrás

    well no familyno friendsno nothing ....i guess i will die

  89. Tony Elizondo

    Tony Elizondo

    11 horas atrás

    I have learned how to do most trades. Auto repair, welding, plumbing etc..... and study basic wilderness survival. I now feel if the world ended around me I would be fine. I also keep busy, so if my friend (only one) doesn't want to do something then I have something to do.

  90. Guy


    11 horas atrás

    I've been single for a few months, I live alone and only work with 2 people who are not the same age as me. Any close friends I had live far away in the town I used to live in. Looks like I should be spiraling into insanity any moment now.

  91. wifilost


    11 horas atrás

    Life has been hard for me recently, the person that took all the bad thoughts off my mind was my wife. Been lonely can kill.

  92. BBJBS


    11 horas atrás

    In sixth grade I sat down at a lunch table and the rest of the table moved to another one. I feel like that's where it really started. Fuck middle school.

  93. Nipun Khare

    Nipun Khare

    11 horas atrás

    Truly beautiful, 12 minutes are more meaningful and amazing than most of the movies and TV shows out there.

  94. Disney Jazzcore

    Disney Jazzcore

    11 horas atrás

    I watched this while I was at the mall... I took a second to look around me and everything the video said was what I felt.

  95. Nativ


    11 horas atrás

    So If we evolved our brains to feel pain when lonely, can we evolve that back? How do I de-evolve faster?

  96. Zuckerdrone


    11 horas atrás

    I can't help but call bullshit on that most connected thing. You know how easy it is for someone to whitewash themselves and present a lily white picture of who they are. When you meet them they're actually a disgusting goblin. Connected? No. It's all fake personas and masks. The internet is a false reality.

  97. NoahsDeaths


    11 horas atrás

    you know how you can connect? dank memes and reddit

  98. Lyrical Hub

    Lyrical Hub

    11 horas atrás

    I have loneliness in most things :(

  99. Kieran Oldroyd

    Kieran Oldroyd

    11 horas atrás

    Its scary how i feel like ive got no one to speak to and no one i want to speak to and that is what i like. I feel lonely but i prefer that for some reason. Have no social anxiety and can speak to people just dont want to.

  100. lovkesh kumar

    lovkesh kumar

    11 horas atrás

    waste of 12:29 min. of your life

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