Our planet may be more connected than ever,
but loneliness has doubled in America since the 80 ’ s
with more than 40 % of adults
saying they are lonely.
So should you be worried if you feel the same?
Can loneliness…kill you?
Loneliness is a psychological mechanism designed
to motivate you to seek out social interactions,
but it’s highly subjective.
换句话说 如果你越感到孤独 你就越孤单
Another words, if you feel lonely, then you are lonely.
And it doesn ’ t necessarily mean you ’ re
a loner or have no friends, it just means
that the social interactions that are necessary to you are not being met.
We often think of loneliness as something that affects the elderly,
but a recent study
found that young people aged 16-24 felt lonely
more than any other group of adults.
In one painful study, scientists found that being lonely made cold symptoms worse.
Hundreds of healthy people completed a
loneliness scale test and then were given nasal drops
containing the common cold virus – blegh!
At this point, these poor sick induced participants were quarantined
in hotel room for 5 days
and those who reported being more
lonely prior to the test also reported more significant
Have you ever noticed that food tastes betterwhen you’re hungry?
Scientists have actually seen the same phenomenonwith loneliness.
When hooked up to FMRI machines and shown either an image
of a loved one or a stranger,
those who tested higher
on the UCLA Loneliness Scale showed a bigger response in the reward
system of the brain when shown a picture
of a loved one, while those who were not very
lonely had a similar response between theloved one and stranger.
This helps us see that it ’ s not
that lonely individuals lack close relationships, but rather,
that they long for greater socialinteraction.
Chronic loneliness can also change your bodyon a cellular level.
Research has found
that lonely people have 209 different gene expressions in some of
their white blood cells, including increased activity of pro-inflammatory transcription
factor. Now, inflammation is an important response to injury,
but chronic inflammation wreaks
havoc on your body.
As a result,
we see that poor social relationships show a 29 % increase in coronary heart disease
and 32% increase of a stroke.
overall ,people with strong social relationships
have a 50 % increased likelihood of survival
overall – that means they are much less likely to die
over the same period of time, making
loneliness as deadly of a risk factor as smoking 15 cigarettes a day,
缺乏锻炼 或者 肥胖！
lack of exercise, or obesity!
So yes, loneliness can increase your chance of death.
And the increased number
of lonely people may be related to shifts in our culture;
global capitalism and its focus
on the individual has changed our ability to access social connection.
If you ’ re feeling lonely, know that you ’ re –
well – not alone.
It isn’t usually a reflection of your likability.
One small step you can make today to feelmore connected?
Try to make more intentional eye contact,
whether with those you know,
or even a passerby on street
Studies have found that eye contact is a
gesture that makes both parties involved feel more
in touch with humankind.
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