Social, Economic and Health Impacts of WaveLength's Work with Loneliness and Isolation

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This report presents the findings of qualitative research into the social, economic and health impacts of WaveLength’s work on loneliness and social isolation. WaveLength is a charitable organisation which provides access to media technology for people who are lonely or socially isolated and living in poverty. This research was an exploratory qualitative study using semi-structured interviews.
The overarching aim of the research was to understand the ways and means through which media technology (radio, TV and tablets) contributes to reducing loneliness and social isolation among vulnerable groups. The research sought to understand what difference the technologies provided by WaveLength make in different domains of people’s lives, including emotional, social, economic and health.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork
PublisherSocial Policy Research Unit, University of York
Number of pages147
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • media technology
  • loneliness
  • social isolation
  • television
  • computers

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