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"Just Say Hello." It's a simple concept, but a powerful message, and fueled by the legendary media giant that is Oprah Winfrey, the three words are catching on and encouraging compassion and connection among those that subscribe to sentiment.
But what about those that don't? What of the men and women that exist on the fringes of society? Welcoming Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who wrote an extensive article on the topic of human interaction for "O, The Oprah Magazine," Piers Morgan inquired as to the potential of a correlation between isolationism and the propensity to inflict harm.
"Many mass shootings in America involve people who are described as loners, and indeed many criminal acts of that kind are committed by people who are loners," noted the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "Is a loner the same as somebody who is lonely?"
Seated across from Morgan, and next to Gayle King, the magazine's editor-at-large, Gupta offered his professional insight:
"Not necessarily. There are people who self-impose, they become loners because they choose to become that way. And that doesn't mean lonely people necessarily have chosen that way of life. And as Gayle and I have talked about from the very beginning, most people who are lonely are not at all violent," said CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent. "There's not an absolute or any kind of correlation, really, there at all."
The onset and popularity of social media has created an environment that celebrates achievements and adventures. But for King, such a world presents a disproportionate sense of reality, and leaves a large portion of the population left to suffer quietly:
"In this age of Instagram and twitter, we're always posting all the great stuff we're doing: I'm here, I'm there, I'm out with friends. No one's going to send you a picture, Piers, of laying in the bed in the fetal position, or where they just don't feel particularly good about themselves," described the "CBS This Morning" co-anchor. "What gets me, you can be a very well-known, outgoing, social person and still feel that you don't have any friends. That you are still not connected ... you can be surrounded by people, and still feel 'I'm all alone.'"
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's conversation with King and Gupta, and be sure to "Just Say Hello" to "Piers Morgan Live" every night on CNN at 9p.
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