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Loneliness, according to many experts, is not necessarily about being alone. Instead, if you feel alone and isolated, then that is how loneliness plays into your state of mind.
For example, a college freshman might feel lonely despite being surrounded by roommates and other peers.
Loneliness has a wide range of negative effects on both physical and mental health, including:
Experts believe that it is not the quantity of social interaction that combats loneliness, but it's the quality.
Having just three or four close friends is enough to ward off loneliness and reduce the negative health consequences associated with this state of mind.
It does require a conscious effort on your part to make a change.
Making a change, in the long run, can make you happier, healthier, and enable you to impact others around you in a positive way.
While common definitions of loneliness describe it as a state of solitude or being alone, loneliness is actually a state of mind.
Loneliness causes people to feel empty, alone, and unwanted. People who are lonely often crave human contact, but their state of mind makes it more difficult to form connections with other people.
Loneliness is not necessarily about being alone. instead, if you feel alone and isolated, that is how loneliness plays into your state of mind.
... is that lonely people can’t see that lots of people feel the same way they do.
Loneliness seems to be such a painful, frightening experience that people will do anything to avoid it. We shut down the lonely, afraid that this might be some kind of a contagious situation.
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.