Psych Research Again Proving the Obvious: We Need Each Other

A meta-analysis of multiple studies coordinated by researchers at BYU found that

social isolation…, loneliness…, and living alone.., correspond[ed] to an average of 29%, 26%, and 32% increased likelihood of mortality, respectively. [The researchers] found no differences between measures of objective and subjective social isolation. Results remain consistent across gender, length of follow-up, and world region, but initial health status has an influence on the findings. Results also differ across participant age, with social deficits being more predictive of death in samples with an average age younger than 65 years. Overall, the influence of both objective and subjective social isolation on risk for mortality is comparable with well-established risk factors for mortality. source

Or, as the clickbait headline from the Huffington Post blares: “Loneliness and Isolation are as Bad for You as Obesity.”

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