Loneliness in the Digital Age (LiDA) is a 3 year multi-partner, multi-disciplinary, UK national research project which is investigating how people (who find themselves temporarily isolated or disconnected from their close relations and families) experience loneliness, and the role that digital technologies might play in both amplifying and counteracting such experiences. The project involves a combination of primary qualitative and quantitative research on the experiences of specific groups of people identified as ‘at risk’ of loneliness, as well as applied design and human-computer interaction research where new technologies will be prototyped and evaluated. The project is led by Loughborough University in collaboration with partners at the University of Bath, Newcastle University, the University of Exeter, and the University of Lincoln.

LiDA is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), in partnership with Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and is one of a cluster of projects funded under the “Empathy and Trust In Communicating Online” (EMoTICON) call.