Loneliness Is Bad for Your Health, Study Suggests

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    Jan 20, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
    http://news.yahoo.com/loneliness-bad-health-study-suggests-135732616.html

    I don't believe it
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    Jan 20, 2013 5:03 PM GMT
    I do. Loneliness leads to depression, stress, anxiety, etc. all proven to cause health problems.

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    Jan 20, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
    It's why pets are shown to increase life spans of single people. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 20, 2013 5:13 PM GMT
    Turin saidloneliness-bad-health-study-suggests-135

    I don't believe it


    looks like you hit img instead of url

    here ya go...

    http://news.yahoo.com/loneliness-bad-health-study-suggests-135732616.html
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    Jan 20, 2013 5:19 PM GMT
    theantijock said
    Turin saidloneliness-bad-health-study-suggests-135

    I don't believe it


    looks like you hit img instead of url

    here ya go...

    http://news.yahoo.com/loneliness-bad-health-study-suggests-135732616.html


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    Jan 20, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    And of course, Valentines day is around the corner.
    I could just see the suicide rates and ice scream sales go up quick....
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    Jan 20, 2013 5:44 PM GMT
    loneliness can be very deadly icon_sad.gif

    when im alone it sucks.....

    can be very depressing ......

    humans are social creatures,if we don't socialize,we suffer.....
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    Jan 20, 2013 5:48 PM GMT
    We were not meant to be alone. Single people do not live as long as married couples.
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    Jan 20, 2013 6:45 PM GMT
    Fiyero27 saidI do. Loneliness leads to depression, stress, anxiety, etc. all proven to cause health problems.



    Totally agreed
  • beaujangle

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    Jan 20, 2013 6:54 PM GMT
    What's even more interesting are the comments given below the article!
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    Jan 20, 2013 7:42 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin saidAnd of course, Valentines day is around the corner.
    I could just see the suicide rates and ice scream sales go up quick....


    The suicide rates are higher during the federal holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know this because working at a hospital, the emergency room is hell at the end of the calendar year.

    The article in Yahoo sounds legit. They're reporting on the physiological responses/changes associated with loneliness. What I don't like about the article is that it focuses only on identifying the problem and not provide any research data on an intervention.
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    Jan 20, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    Ha! Thankfully, I keep Hope of getting out of my situation. This still won't bring me down. I can partially believe it, but I won't empower it against myself. FTN*
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    Jan 20, 2013 8:11 PM GMT
    When I was doing my bachelors in psychology, this was one of the things we talked about so this study is actually nothing new. I think the professor brought up a study where they gave participants the cold or flu virus (something to that extent. My mind is a little fuzzy) and found that the ones with a good friends and family network to recover sooner. It had something to do with them feeling like they have a purpose to live for. Maybe purpose isn't quite the right word, but their family and friends gave them a reason to survive.
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    Jan 20, 2013 8:29 PM GMT
    simple_me saidloneliness can be very deadly icon_sad.gif

    when im alone it sucks.....

    can be very depressing ......

    humans are social creatures,if we don't socialize,we suffer.....


    I went through that phase then realised that:

    1: work is a great escape and you get rewarded for it.
    2: when that no longer works join a gym, get a trainer and meet new people, helps
    3: when that doesn't work take up something like kickboxing icon_smile.gif

    Those three things work like magic :-) and then... When you least expect it... You will find someone.
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    Jan 20, 2013 8:33 PM GMT
    HA! this does not come to a surprise to me. icon_smile.gif
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 20, 2013 10:14 PM GMT
    It is very very true. Single people don't live as long as couples. You can increase your life span by having a pet as well.

    A will or reason to live alone can do wonders for the body. Give someone in their 70s that extra 10 or 15 years.
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    Jan 20, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    redox87 saidWhen I was doing my bachelors in psychology, this was one of the things we talked about so this study is actually nothing new. I think the professor brought up a study where they gave participants the cold or flu virus (something to that extent. My mind is a little fuzzy) and found that the ones with a good friends and family network to recover sooner. It had something to do with them feeling like they have a purpose to live for. Maybe purpose isn't quite the right word, but their family and friends gave them a reason to survive.


    I cannot believe that there is a study in which participants were deliberately infected with the cold or flu. That would be a major breach of ethics, worse than the infamous Tuskeege study were medical care was merely withheld.
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    Jan 20, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    What about the single people who live alone and cherish their alone time in the evenings?

    Because, I do so much stuff with so many people during the day that all I wanna do is come home and have a few drinks and go to bed. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 20, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    Thank you, Paul.icon_cool.gif
  • zle99

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    Jan 20, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    I believe it, because it was also found that a variety of feelings raise stress and actually cause physical pain (Being ignored being one of the big ones).

    If someone is not content with being alone, there is no doubt more stuff they are feeling.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Jan 20, 2013 10:43 PM GMT
    Totally believable
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    Jan 20, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    sywlyn said
    I went through that phase then realised that:

    1: work is a great escape and you get rewarded for it.
    2: when that no longer works join a gym, get a trainer and meet new people, helps
    3: when that doesn't work take up something like kickboxing icon_smile.gif

    Those three things work like magic :-) and then... When you least expect it... You will find someone.


    Hmmm... I followed the same progession above (built a great career, then a lot of crossfit, more recently martial arts) but the magic hasn't happened in a while. Single going on four years now, and still hoping for that "when youl lest expect it" moment.
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    Jan 21, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    Most aging experts say three things are required for a long life:
    1. Good diet
    2. Daily exercise
    3. Avoiding loneliness.

    Note that some folks are introverts and don't have lonely feelings in the same way extroverts might. You can be alone, but, not lonely, but, with someone and lonely.

    We are, at our base, social creatures.

    50% of geriatric spouses die within six months of the death of their spouse, statistically. That's a pretty amazing statistic when you think about it.

    Laughter is truly the best medicine.

    Feeling a sense of community and friends is very important. I.e., you might live alone, but, not be lonely, but, have daily friends, etc. Studies show those folks do ok, but, for those that are alone, things like heart attacks, strokes, and average mortality all trend in a bad way.
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    Jan 21, 2013 12:27 AM GMT
    You don't believe me. icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 21, 2013 12:41 AM GMT
    darius30 saidWe were not meant to be alone. Single people do not live as long as married couples.

    Read the article. It doesn't say anything about being single vs being a couple. It's about loneliness.
    One could be married and feel lonely. One could be single and not feel lonely.