A mounting body of evidence indicates that those with few social connections are at an increased risk of dying early.
A mounting body of evidence indicates that those with few social connections are at an increased risk of dying early, whether they feel lonely, or simply lack connections in the first place. The feeling of loneliness was correlated with a 26% increase in risk of death, while social isolation and living alone had an even greater effect, at 29% and 32% respectively. Evidence suggests that the increased risk of mortality from a lack of social relationships is even greater than the risk from obesity. More people are living alone in rich countries now than ever before in history, and this rate is expected to continue rising. “Why Loneliness May Be the Next Big Public-Health Issue,” March 18, 2015, www.time.com
Taken from Last Generation, Vol. 25 No. 4, “Lifelines”. Last Generation is a vibrant 32-page soul-winning magazine published six times a year. To subscribe, call (540) 672-1996, Ext. 283.