Loneliness Can Make You Sick — and Might Even Kill You

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    Jul 30, 2014 3:40 AM GMT
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    NYT: What does it mean to be lonely? It’s tempting to equate the feeling with a dearth of social interaction, but some people are now saying that it’s more complicated than that — and that true loneliness might be dangerous.

    At The Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Bernstein writes that the share of lonely Americans has doubled since the 1980s, to 40 percent, perhaps because we’re now more likely to live alone (though as Ms. Henig points out, living with someone isn’t necessarily protective).

    “Just as we once knew that infectious diseases killed, but didn’t know that germs spread them, we’ve known intuitively that loneliness hastens death, but haven’t been able to explain how. Psychobiologists can now show that loneliness sends misleading hormonal signals, rejiggers the molecules on genes that govern behavior, and wrenches a slew of other systems out of whack. They have proved that long-lasting loneliness not only makes you sick; it can kill you.”

    http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/how-loneliness-can-make-you-sick-and-might-even-kill-you/?ref=opinion
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    Jul 30, 2014 3:55 AM GMT
    NYT: Loneliness stings at any age. But in older people, it can have serious health consequences, raising the risks of an earlier-than-expected death and the loss of physical functioning, according to a study published on Monday.

    http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/the-high-price-of-loneliness/
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    Jul 30, 2014 5:08 AM GMT
    I didn't think it was possible, but this made me feel even shittier about myself. Thanks internet.

    Although in all seriousness, maybe it's a merciful thing that it will kill me earlier. Anything to hasten that process is fine by me. *Lights cigarette*
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    Jul 30, 2014 5:20 AM GMT
    This is so sad. I think loneliness is even worse for gay people. icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif