A new study this week coming out of Australia shows being lonely can lead to health risks and even an early death.
The study was conducted by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) with 1,600 participants. Buzzfeed also reports the following findings:
- 50% of the population feels lonely at least one day a week
- 27.6% feels lonely at least three days a week
- 1 in 4 experience high levels of social interaction anxiety
- 55% of Australians feel they lack companionship at least sometimes
The study points out that not everyone who is alone is lonely and in contrast those surrounded by other people are not immune to feeling alone.
The President of APS Ros Knight told BuzzFeed:
"Because if you've got no-one to talk to, debrief how awful life is sometimes, then you start to wear that stress and that costs you in terms of your physical health."
Although many health professionals will focus on smoking and obesity when looking at a person's overall health, loneliness is often overlooked.
"We need to consider approaches to loneliness as part of our health and mental health strategy."
People are having some big feels about this information.
I just read a headline ereng being single can kill you faster than obesity.... https://t.co/hMmqJbbcCa— venus as a boy (@venus as a boy) 1540213875.0
dating a kuwaiti can kill you faster than being single :) https://t.co/w7wrlUf0k9— 🤦🏽♀️ (@🤦🏽♀️) 1540313838.0
“”Being single can kill you faster than obesity””- Amy. Looks like I’m fucked either way— Spence (@Spence) 1539826162.0
Them: "Being single for too long can kill you faster than obesity." Me: "challenge accepted. Fat people VS. happy and stress-free me."— 🌸 Catherine Borja 🌸 (@🌸 Catherine Borja 🌸) 1540120236.0
Soooo..... Ummm..... I just saw this news post that said, "Being single can kill you faster than obesity" that's cr… https://t.co/9LuKkyAHUH— Delymar Delgado (@Delymar Delgado) 1532667162.0
Now they saying being single can kill you faster than being fat.... 🤷♂️guess I'm double dead then😂😂😂— Bonez Tha Truth (@Bonez Tha Truth) 1519587886.0
So apparently being single can kill you faster than obesity.. who's trynna stay alive with me?— Ash (@Ash) 1519276691.0
Maggie: “did you know being single can kill you faster than obesity?” Me: “I’m single and obese” Maggie: “looks like you’re dying soon”— Scariel 🖤🕷 (@Scariel 🖤🕷) 1508987071.0
They say being single can kill you faster than obesity... Damn I'm near death— FEELGOOD. DEV 🌳 (@FEELGOOD. DEV 🌳) 1507412605.0
It might be time to join a lonely eaters club.
H/T: Buzzfeed, The Guardian