A public health problem

A public health problem

Most people consider loneliness a personal problem to be figured out by individuals. 

However, a paper published in the American Journal of Public Health identified high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, disability, cognitive decline, and depression among the conditions affected by loneliness. What we have is a public health problem.

No emerging technology or drug exists on the horizon to cure loneliness. 

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Among the theories on why there is more loneliness today is more time online and less time in front of people. 

However, levels of in-person interactions, physical and mental wellness and life balance are more likely to predict loneliness than social media usage.

Generation Z (ages 18-22) had the highest loneliness scores, followed by the millennials (ages 23-37). The Greatest Generation (adults ages 72 and older) were the least lonely. 

Lonely people are less able to pick up on positive social stimuli, like others’ attention and commitment signals, so they withdraw prematurely – in many cases before they’re actually socially isolated.
Loneliness and the workplace

Those who say they work just the right amount are least likely to be lonely. Both working too much and not enough, increase loneliness scores. 

People who are less lonely are more likely to have regular, meaningful, in-person interactions. They are in good overall physical and mental health, have achieved balance in daily activities,  and have good relationships with their coworkers.

Regular sleep, good quality family time and the right amount of exercise lowered loneliness scores.

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  • Loneliness is strongly connected to genetics. 
  • Situational variables, such as physical isolation, moving to a new location, divorce and the death of someone significant in a person's life can also lead to feelings of loneliness. 
  • Loneliness can be a symptom of a psychological disorder such as depression.
  • Loneliness can also be attributed to internal factors such as low self-esteem.

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Causes of loneliness

Contributing factors to loneliness include situationals variables such as:

  • Physical isolation
  • Moving to a new location
  • Divorce
  • The death of someone meaningfull
  • Symptom of psycological disorder (depression)
  • Low self-esteem

People who lack confidence in themselves otfen believe that they are unworthy of the attention or regard from other peoplem which can lead to isolation and chronic loneliness.

this is also why it's so important to trust yourself.

Lack Of Family Support

Not all people have strong family connections. This can produce loneliness, especially on holidays when ... gatherings are an emphasis.

 Seek organizations where [you] can gain a community. Or join a club, work on your friendships, or create a family of your own. Not all family ties are strong ones, but that doesn't mean you have to be lonely.

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