Loneliness not only affects a person mentally but it can even lead to early death among individuals, the findings a new study conducted by researchers from the Brigham Young University in Utah revealed.
People who were always alone die at a younger age, the findings suggest. The researchers used data from 35 years and analyzed nearly 3 million participants taken in for the study.
They found that loneliness could cause physical as well as mental damage to an individual.
The researchers also took into consideration certain other factors that might affect the study result such as age, socioeconomic status, gender and current illness.
They found that loneliness caused about 26% of the study’s participants to die prematurely whereas isolation caused 29% of participants to die prematurely. Moreover, people who lived alone had 32% increased risk of dying early.
They also found that younger individuals who were alone had a much higher risk of dying than older people in their 60s. These results are quite scary, as they also found that a much greater number of people in their study wanted to live alone.
However, the experts also believe that loneliness doesn’t exist anymore thanks to social media and virtual networks.
However, a recent study from the University of Michigan claims that loneliness can be contagious when it comes to social media networks. The study also found that social media could reduce satisfaction and add to loneliness.
“We need to start taking our social relationships more seriously. So go out there and talk to a friend, hug your parents, kiss your child, or just be with someone, it may save your life,” the researchers added.