How Bad is Loneliness?
Researchers have confirmed that loneliness can be a deadly affliction — as lethal as diabetes or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
The world is in the throes of an invisible loneliness epidemic.
The number of adults reporting loneliness has doubled since the 1980s, from 20% to 40%.
Loneliness is particularly pronounced among certain groups of people, such as immigrants, the elderly, the disabled, and those in low-income families. But a new study finds that it’s natural for loneliness to fluctuate throughout our lives in ways that aren’t always expected.
Here are some of the health hazards associated with loneliness:
How You Can Prevent Loneliness:
There are many things that help to subdue the effects of loneliness. With the evolution of the internet, people can keep in contact over distances that they couldn’t before. However, the superficiality of some online experiences may miss emotional context and depth. Too much texting with each other can actually hurt a romantic relationship, for example. The authors of that texting study note, however, that saying something sweet or kind in a text is universally beneficial. Or just saying hello to someone in person can help reduce loneliness.