My group of friends actively harass our outliers who still skive off outside for a quick fag. We want to be hanging out with them for much longer than cigarettes are going to allow. But research has shown that there’s something much more silent, and much more deadly lurking out there.
Research from Brigham Young University has found that loneliness has been found to be a bigger killer than diabetes or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
“The effect of this is comparable to obesity, something that public health takes very seriously,” said Julianne Holt-Lunstad, the lead study author. “We need to start taking our social relationships more seriously.”
The data they used was pulled from 3 million study participants across a range of various studies.
Being lonely in a crowd is possible. You may be surrounded by people, but still feel alone. Older generations can become lonely as their friends start dropping off and their family gets busy living life, but people younger than 65 are also at risk. In fact loneliness is a better predictor of death for people under 65.
Not only are we at the highest recorded rate of living alone across the entire century, but we’re at the highest recorded rates ever on the planet.
“Not only are we at the highest recorded rate of living alone across the entire century, but we’re at the highest recorded rates ever on the planet,” said Tim Smith, co-author of the study. “With loneliness on the rise, we are predicting a possible loneliness epidemic in the future.”
There are positive health effects to being in a relationship and having a bunch of social connections. So even if you’re a bit of a reclusive person who values their alone time, make sure you actively work on keeping those connections alive.
Don’t take your emotions lightly, they can have major effects on your physical health. And if need be, get help.