As millions of people shifted to working from home in 2020 and early 2021, those who worked remotely 100% of the time reported higher percentages of “loneliness a lot of the day yesterday.”

The picture brightened around the second quarter of this year — as vaccines became more available and people began to socialize more freely — and loneliness for fully remote workers dropped to levels indistinguishable from hybrid and fully on-site workers.

Why is that? One possibility is that remote workers adjusted and acclimated as they became more accustomed to working from home. Or that the surplus of lonely remote employees in 2020 were among the first to return once offices started to open up.

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