Thanks to social media we are more connected than ever to so many people all at the same time. We forge online communities with those who share particular interests, ideas, and beliefs. But many, especially the young, feel more alone and disconnected than ever before. In fact, the more time spent on social media, the more likely we are to feel lonely and without meaningful relationships. This plenary will explore the opportunities and unique challenges of modern isolation and friendship in a digitally interconnected world.