The Lonely Man Problem (The Patrick Madrid Show)

In a recent episode of The Patrick Madrid Show, Patrick dives into a pressing issue: the “lonely man problem.” It all started with a Reddit post pointing out that many young men today, both secular and religious, feel isolated and like they don’t belong anywhere.

Patrick believes this problem is deeper than just not having a girlfriend. It’s about a broader sense of community loss and cultural shifts. Families aren’t as tight knit as they used to be, and traditional moral values are under attack, leaving a lot of young men feeling lost.

He argues that the Catholic Church is in a perfect position to help. The Church can offer community, moral stability, and timeless traditions. “Isn’t this the perfect time to evangelize these young men?” Patrick asks, pointing out that the Church has what these guys are looking for.

Patrick shares a personal story to hit the point home. He talked with his 27-year-old son, who, despite being a successful and well-rounded guy, totally gets why so many young men feel isolated. This was a shocker for Patrick, who couldn’t initially relate to these feelings.

Patrick reflects on his youth, comparing the pre-digital age with today’s internet-driven world. He points out that while technology connects us globally, it often leaves us feeling more isolated locally because we miss out on real, face-to-face interactions.

Another big point Patrick tackles is the belief among younger generations that Baby Boomers have hogged all the economic opportunities, leaving scraps for them. He challenges this view by reminding us of the many contributions Boomers have made, including the very technologies young people use daily.

In the end, Patrick stresses the Church’s vital role in reaching out to these lonely men. He calls for creative ideas to engage and support this disconnected group, urging listeners to think about how they can help. “We need to reach out to them,” he insists, inviting you to join the conversation on how to bridge this gap.

🤔 Thoughts? Suggestions? How can we better support and connect with these young men? Let’s brainstorm and make a difference together! 🌟


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Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.