The article seems to confirm my own diagnosis of humanity: people avoid thinking on their own and prefer to "follow" - something or someone.
What is really alarming is that the conclusion stated in the Abstract and the Editor summary is based on 11 studies (!) which indicates that the problem of people avoiding own thoughts is widespread, if not dominating the humanity.
Can people who avoid thinking for themselves be helped?
Or perhaps they are beyond help already?
When people avoid their own thoughts they easily become "perfect members of the flock".
What flock? It does not really matter. Some people follow religious, political and other fanatical doctrines or propaganda, some people follow "economical propaganda of growth and money", some people follow various "gurus", some follow a "course in miracles" and some people just follow the majority of other people nearby or online, all because they are unwilling/unable to think for themselves.
People who follow the flock have no time for Reality: they just live, react and think as flock.
Which flock do YOU follow? Have you heard about "legal" Facebook experiments? http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2014/s4035624.htm
Can you guess WHO benefits from cultivating and promoting flock mentality and from developing tools and methodology to control flocks?
Can you guess what is most likely future of a society composed of such flocks? Conflicts and wars between flocks? Total detachment from Reality? Careless abandonment of "Life Support" on Earth?
Please read "Why loneliness is so hard to handle" on this Forum or search the forum for "loneliness" for discussion of other aspects of loneliness.
Tom, 7 July 2014