The persisting problem of social fragmentation

As we slowly emerge from the pandemic for many the fog of loneliness appears to be lifting.

Social avenues like coffee shops, bars, and restaurants are open for friends to congregate and catch up. Those wanting to be around crowds can attend concerts and movies. Those wanting to explore and feel the energy of vibrant places can jet off to New Orleans, New York, or Hawaii.

Though the spells of isolation may be subsided, what still lingers is a larger problem of social fragmentation. Where large swaths of our population feel…