Dear whoever, can you help? I’m desperate

They’ve been around since the dawn of print, and their popularity hasn’t waned a bit: they’re agony aunts, and despite our modern world where Google has instant answers for any question you have, we still seem to crave advice from a wise stranger

13th January, 2019
Dear whoever, can you help? I’m desperate

Problem pages, agony aunts, advice columns: however you term them, they’ve probably been called worse. In any case, they have held their position in the modern media digest. The advent of the internet, digitisation of news and increased awareness of mental health services have done nothing to remove agony aunts from their perch in print and digital media.

In fact, it’s arguable that interest in soliciting advice from strangers has even increased. The...

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