I have a lonely job, then I come home to an empty apartment. I see family a few times a month and that helps, but aside from that I don’t have much of a social life.
Part of the problem is that loneliness is about quality, not quantity of people. One person you really connect with is worth more than 10 acquaintances or 100 people who you know you don’t relate to or connect with.
So I don’t know if the problem is so much a lack of quantity, as a lack of quality in my interactions. I don’t have anyone I truly understand, who I feel understands me and who I feel comfortable trying new or fun things with.
I’ve been trying the philosophy of becoming a better friend, see if that helps. Become a better listener, show more genuine interest in others, etc. in the assumption that that will give me better connections with people.
How do other people deal with it? I see a therapist, but those are for issues unrelated to loneliness.