You may choose to be a loner, however new study says that isolation is a threat to longevity.
Loneliness can send a person down a path toward bad health and even more intense loneliness. A new study carried out at the Brigham Young University in Utah has reinforces exactly such beliefs, having brought about evidence to suggest that loneliness and isolation can in fact be deadly. It revealed that being a loner doesn’t only affect us mentally but also physically. People who are always alone die younger according to the study.
For the purposes of the study, the researchers looked at the data of 3 million participants. The 35 years of loneliness of the participants involved being lonely as characterized by living alone and social isolation. Its all about genuine connections; establishing and nurturing relationships can improve physical health.
The conclusion was stark to say that loneliness can cause physical and mental damage.
There are various factors hat might affect the study result such as age, socioeconomic status, gender, and current illnesses. According to their analysis with controlled variables, loneliness caused 26% of the participants to die prematurely while isolation caused 29%of participants to die prematurely. As for people who are living alone, the risk of dying early was 32 percent.
It added that younger individuals that are alone had higher risk of dying than older people in their 60’s.
The researchers warned that the result of their study was frightening since more people seem to desire to live alone and on their own. Experts added though that loneliness doesn’t exist anymore since there are more ways to communicate such as through the social media and virtual networks. Online relationships simply cannot be classified under the same level as conventional human interaction and meaningful relationships.
Apparently, a study from the University of Michigan showed that loneliness is contagious in social network environments. The study showed that social media can add to loneliness and reduces satisfaction.
Being lonely doesn’t mean being alone. Even when surrounded with many people, some people still feel alone because loneliness depends on the subjective quality of relationship, its all about genuine connections to say that you are not alone.
Julianne Holt-Lunstad added, “We need to start taking our social relationships more seriously.”
“So go out there and talk to a friend, hug your parents, kiss your child, or just be with someone, it may save your life.”