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New Research Suggests Possible “Loneliness Epidemic”

Written by: Communicator StaffMarch 12, 2015

Written by Sean Godfroy

A study conducted by Brigham Young University in Utah has concluded that loneliness, isolation, and living alone are each likely to cause premature death. In an age of technology and social media, more and more people are turning to electronic interaction. However, scientists say that such interaction is not adequate for mental and physical health. Several separate studies, compiling data for over three million people, collectively concluded that “living alone, isolation and loneliness were found to increase premature death risk by 32%, 29% and 26% respectively.” Scientists worry that with increasing attachment and reliance to social media interactions rather than interpersonal contact, an “epidemic” of loneliness may arise and cause the overall health of the population to deteriorate.