How do professors deal with loneliness? I feel that professors, specifically in the STEM fields, have to constantly project an image of seriousness to the public - an image that math and science are no. 1 in their lives. Any projection of any other feelings is discouraged, e.g. feelings of romance.
Professors earn a special social status in society, for better or worse, and this means that they are more intensely scrutinized and they have to adhere to extra morally restrictive standards. If one lands up in a small college town as a professor, there is virtually nobody that's a suitable dating partner or a suitable friend - other than one's colleagues. The college town will comprise mostly of students.
Am I on point with my assessment of the life of a professor in the STEM fields? If so, how does a professor deal with a relatively lonelier lifestyle than non-academics? The acquired social status of being an academic and scientific leader seems to come with an enormous cost.