Loneliness And Social Isolation Are Just As Deadly As Obesity, Study Finds

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social-isolation-2Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever. Yet for all this connectivity, a growing body of research suggests that we have never been lonelier —and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill. Now, a new study indicates that the health effects of loneliness and social isolation may be even deadlier than obesity.

“The public is very aware of common physical health indicators and risk factors,” said Dr. Tim Smith, professor of counseling psychology and one of the study’s authors. “Everyone understands that diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol use and obesity pose risks. Well, it turns out social isolation is just as predictive of death.”

In earlier research, Dr. Smith and the study’s lead author, Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, associate professor of psychology, found that loneliness poses a substantial risk of death — similar to smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being alcoholic. The new…

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