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A public health epidemic of loneliness may be afoot. A new study from Brigham Young University has found loneliness and social isolation can predict early death similar to the risks predicted by obesity.
Thirty years ago, the issue of obesity was still in its infancy. America was indeed getting fatter, but the extent to which our health was declining earned little attention. Now the obesity epidemic sits front-and-center, as more than a third of the country is obese and more than two-thirds is overweight. Unfortunately, with much of the spotlight on physical health, mental health continues to suffer largely in the dark.
How we socialize, or choose not to, seems to play a deciding role, says BYU psychology researcher and co-author of the study, Tim Smith. "Not only are we at the highest recorded rate of living alone across the entire century, but we're at the highest recorded rates ever on the planet," Smith said in a statement. As communication goes global, the means by which we connect to people — even those who are within walking distance — are making a digital migration. Conversation is changing, and sometimes going away for good.
originally posted by: IvanAstikov
You don't have to be alone to feel on your own, and some people are happiest in their own company. Who gets to decide whether these people are suffering some kind of malady?
A new study from Brigham Young University has found loneliness and social isolation can predict early death…
originally posted by: rickymouse
I'm never lonely, I have me, myself, and I to keep me company. There are also spiders, bugs, deer, and squirrels out there to talk to. You can also talk to trees and plants and they never contradict you. That is because they are smarter than people and know talking too much will get you in trouble.
originally posted by: rickymouse
I'm never lonely, I have me, myself, and I to keep me company. There are also spiders, bugs, deer, and squirrels out there to talk to. You can also talk to trees and plants and they never contradict you.
originally posted by: olaru12
However I know plenty of people that claim to enjoy being alone but they are always at the Bar seeking companionship. Curious that....
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: texasgirl
Tell me about it. I work only part-time in an environment with three other people. We barely talk to each other most days. One of them was let go today in the middle of the morning. They sent her back to her desk and the boss looked like she was at a funeral the whole morning while the other took most of the day off to avoid it.
It was the most stressful thing ever. I am now drinking, something I hardly ever do because I was stuck in that place for two hours in that atmosphere.
“I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone.”
― Audrey Hepburn
“I think it's good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.”
― Amy Sedaris,
It's so lonely when you don't even know yourself. anon