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Loneliness Is Bad For Public Health, And It’s Up To Us To Fix It

29/05/2013

Being alone can be good in small doses, but it’s reaching epidemic proportions, with disastrous results for our collective (...)
Being alone can be good in small doses, but it’s reaching epidemic proportions, with disastrous results for our collective well-being. Social isolation isn’t good for you. A lack of contact shortens lifespans, and increases disease risk, research shows. And it’s something we should all be taking more seriously. In a wide-ranging essay in the New Republic, Judith Shulevitz shows how loneliness has a direct physical impact on our bodies. Rejection and abandonment, in particular, sets off a sort of pyscho-biological feedback loop that’s deeply harmful:Read Full Story     Being alone can be good in small doses, but it’s reaching epidemic proportions, with disastrous results for our collective well-being. Social isolation isn’t good for you. A lack of contact shortens lifespans, and increases disease risk, research shows. And it’s something we should all be taking more seriously. In a wide-ranging essay in the New Republic, Judith Shulevitz shows how loneliness has a direct physical impact on our bodies. Rejection and abandonment, in particular, sets off a sort of pyscho-biological feedback loop that’s deeply harmful:Read Full Story    
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