It kills to be lonely. Lacking good friends is roughly as damaging to your health as being obese or smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to research from Brigham Young University.
Another study showed people with at least three close buddies at work were 96% more likely to be “extremely satisfied” with their life. Friends lower your stress, fend off depression, and serve a hundred other important functions.
But plenty of people find themselves out of touch with their old friends (it was a lot easier to meet people in college) and without adequate replacements. The study was conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University in 2015.
In order to prove their hypothesis that being lonely is just as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, the researchers analyzed data from different health studies.
All the studies included more than 3 million participants that included data from social isolation, loneliness, and living alone.
The study also found that increased social connection was linked to 50% reduced risk of premature death. A 2016 Census found that one-person households accounted for more than 28% of all households.
Since 2001, the number of couples that have children has been falling and only makeup 26.5% of all households, according to City News. When it comes to dealing with the loneliness and isolation epidemic, the government needs to play its part in making funding available in certain areas.
Loneliness and social isolation may pose a greater public hazard than people may realize. The American Psychological Association states that about 42.6 million adults who are over the age of 45 in the United States are estimated to be suffering from chronic loneliness after they conducted a loneliness study.
In addition, another study has surfaced that suggests that being lonely is worse than smoking 15 cigarettes a day. being lonely is not good for your health and brain.