Alone x Lonely


Are you alone right now? Are you lonely? Are you both?

What’s the difference anyway?

Well, the word  “alone” refers more to a physical state, a fact: being apart from others. It can be used to talk about people, animals, objects, companies…

The word “lonely” has more to do with the feeling of being alone, associated with the idea that it’s something bad and undesirable. Because it is more like a feeling, it can be used to talk about people and even animals, but it’s not usually applied to inanimate objects.

So, let me repeat the questions from the beginning of the post: Are you alone right now? Are you lonely? Are you both?

And what do you think about this: can you be lonely even when surrounded by people?

Here’s to those who, like me, have to stay apart from their significant others most of the time and therefore feel lonely…

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