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A few of The Altantic’s Most-Learn Tales of 2022


Most of the tales our readers spent essentially the most time with this 12 months spoke to a want for reflection—about the way in which we deal with each other, our altering relationships with social media, and the that means of democracy at residence and overseas.

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Illustration by Nicolás Ortega. Source: "Turris Babel," Coenraet Decker, 1679.
Illustration by Nicolás Ortega. Supply: Turris Babel, Coenraet Decker, 1679.

Why the Previous 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Silly, by Jonathan Haidt
Social media has dissolved the mortar of our society and made America silly, the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt argued in our Might 2022 situation. And it’s not only a section.

torn strip of white paper with quote "We need to take away children" in black text on red background
Oliver Munday

An American Disaster, by Caitlin Dickerson
The story of the U.S. authorities’s family-separation coverage is certainly one of each cruelty and incompetence. Workers author Caitlin Dickerson spent a 12 months and a half investigating the way it got here to be, and who’s accountable.

two "Best Friend" necklaces, each with half a heart, hanging side by side with all text except "End" crossed out
Oliver Munday

It’s Your Mates Who Break Your Coronary heart, by Jennifer Senior
The older we get, the extra we want our mates—and the more durable it’s to maintain them. Workers author Jennifer Senior asks: What does it take to maintain a friendship thriving in center age?

a man in a grocery store near the checkout lines in the early morning while the rest of the store is mostly empty
Max Mikulecky

The Nocturnals, by Religion Hill
Whereas most individuals are quick asleep, some ultra-introverts are going about their lives, reveling within the quiet and solitude. They problem a core assumption of psychology: that every one people want social connection. “I talked to individuals who painted me a magical image of their nighttime world,” Religion Hill, an Atlantic senior affiliate editor, wrote in February. “Of beautiful, profound solitude; of aid; of escape.”

The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial site, in southern Germany
Marc Wilson for The Atlantic

Monuments to the Unthinkable, by Clint Smith
Over the previous 12 months, employees author Clint Smith traveled to Holocaust memorials in Berlin and at Dachau to look at how Germany remembers the Holocaust and what America can study memorializing the sins of its historical past. “The intention of some [memorials] is to coach the following era and forge a way of collective expertise, whereas others are born of guilt,” he writes. Different monuments are meant to draw vacationers. “The messy reality is that every one of those ostensibly disparate motives can discover a residence in the identical undertaking.”

Illustration of three elderly people sitting on a large, elongated smiley face
Jan Buchczik

The Seven Habits That Result in Happiness in Previous Age, by Arthur C. Brooks
Your well-being is sort of a retirement account: The earlier you make investments, the higher your returns will likely be, our happiness columnist advises.

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Illustration by Gabriela Pesqueira; {photograph} by Devin Christopher for The Atlantic

I Gave Myself Three Months to Change My Character, by Olga Khazan
“I’ve by no means actually preferred my character, and different individuals don’t prefer it both,” employees author Olga Khazan admits on this article from our March 2022 situation. Right here’s what occurred when she tried to alter it.

Adam Tooze stands on Columbia University's Campus outdoors.
Brian Finke

A Disaster Historian Has Some Dangerous Information for Us, by Annie Lowrey
“The revelation that Tooze is now placing forth is that we’d not be rising from disaster. Certainly, we may be in a worsening one,” employees author Annie Lowrey wrote in July, in her profile of Adam Tooze, a historian of financial catastrophe. “On condition that chance, our most distinguished disaster historian finds himself very busy.”

Illustrations by Eric Yahnker
Illustration by Eric Yahnker

Why Is Marjorie Taylor Greene Like This?, by Elaina Plott Calabro
Nobody noticed Marjorie Taylor Greene coming—not even Marjorie Taylor Greene. Workers author Elaina Plott Calabro reviews on the individuals and locations that made the Georgia congresswoman, who was reelected to her seat in November.

Afghans camp near Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, on August 24, a week before Joe Biden’s declared deadline for the evacuation of allies. A U.S.-military C-17 transport aircraft takes off overhead. (Andrew Quilty / Agence VU’)
Andrew Quilty / Agence VU’

The Betrayal, by George Packer
Joe Biden didn’t prioritize the evacuation of Afghan allies within the run-up to America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, employees author George Packer reported in our March situation. His months-long investigation revealed that the president allowed issues about optics to get in the way in which of saving lives.


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