Instinctively I want to rally against this – 30 minutes seems arbitrary and, especially when living in a large city like London, unrealistic. Wouldn’t we all be chronically lonely
all of the time, not just in lockdown, if this were the case? Wouldn’t friendship feel fickle and baseless? Then again, surveys have consistently found that Londoners do
feel lonely (this one, for example,
in which 55% of us said that the city can feel like a lonely place to live). And of course, while we’ve been unable to travel
to meet friends these last few months, those who are within walking distance have, for many, become lifelines.