UVA professor to study “social butterflies”

Professor Adrienne Wood won a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how people with large networks of friends and acquaintances built their networks. (Credit: UVA)

In a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, one in five Americans reported they sometimes or often felt lonely. 

The surgeon general blames a world in which technology and convenience have edged out real relationships. 

Whatever the reason, a psychologist at the University of Virginia is planning to study thousands of people – to determine how we might solve this problem.

Sandy Hausman reports.

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