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People who have no social life are fifty per cent more likely to die early than those who are well connected, a study has shown.
Those who socialise regularly with family and friends live an average of 3.7 yeas longer than those who lead lonely lives, according to a report published yesterday.
Originally posted by airspoon
I think it is entirely depndent on the person.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
reply to post by Big Raging Loner
It's hard to give a damn about a 50% chance of dying 3 and a half years earlier than anyone else. Who cares?
According to the CIA Factbook, US citizens are 49th on the list of long lives at 78 years. The Top 10 have life expectancies in the 80s. Does this mean that just living in the USA 'can kill you' by up to 6 years?
Is the study just a BS exercise in wasted funding? Maybe.
If we look at the bottom end 10 nations of the list, life expectancy struggles to hit 50 years of age. Is loneliness the overriding factor there? Maybe if they all make friends, they can extend their lives to an average of 53?
Call me a cynic or jaded SOB. In terms of worldwide life expectancies...loneliness is way down the list after food, water, education, political stability and health services.