1 in 3 Adults Say They Lack Companionship

in #science2 years ago


For adults between the ages of 50 and 80, results from a new poll suggest that roughly 1 in 3 reports a lack in personal companionship.

We all feel lonely at one time or another and sometimes we can be afraid to acknowledge our feelings of loneliness because we think that it says something wrong about us. But feeling lonely isn't anything to be ashamed of and recognizing that you feel this way is important because it helps you to recognize what you desire, meaningful social connection with others.

If you can recognize what it is that you value, that you think you are missing in your life, then it might push you in the direction to seek it out in an effort to fill that hole.

Some people are really good at coping with loneliness and others aren't so eager to embrace it, but this doesn't mean that people cannot improve in their ability to cope with it or change to see a positive; enjoying their time alone. For many adults today though, they report feeling lonely, isolated from others regularly, and unfortunately many of those who are suffering are also likely struggling with various health problems as well, say researchers.

Although feeling lonely might not be something you should be ashamed of, it has been shown that feelings of loneliness can negatively impact a person's mental health and might even be physically harmful to them.

There are a number of variables that can impact your feeling of loneliness. For example, new research suggests that sleep might be closely connected to feelings of loneliness and researchers have suggested that getting a good nights sleep might help to turn things around. Feeling lonely can negatively impact people's sleep and when their sleep is affected then it in-turn makes them feel more lonely, say researchers, and it can be difficult to break that cycle.

If you have needs that aren't being met and feel a desire to connect in a meaningful way with others then there are certainly many ways that you could go about doing it.

Technology today helps us to find and connect with people around the world and in our own communities, who might share similar interests, or who might be looking for conversation with others etc. It makes it easy to start right in the comfort of our home to engage with others.

Incorporating more meaningful friendships and relationships into our lives has been known to bring with it a myriad of benefits and help promote longevity.

Health experts have alleged that loneliness can be just as detrimental to our health as smoking and might be an even more concerning risk factor to our health than living a sedentary lifestyle or obesity. Meaningful connections and friendships with others might help to decrease the risk of stroke, heart disease, and even death, say researchers.

Good friends are difficult to find and might be even more difficult to keep

Previous surveys from only a few years ago suggested that as much as 10 percent of those in the UK didn't have one friend that they could turn to. If you ever feel like you have no friends or that you are alone, know that there are millions of others out there who are feeling and going through the same.

Previous research that was published in the Journal of Social and Personal relationships also suggests that it takes spending about 50 hours with someone before you consider them a a casual friend, 90 hours to consider them real friends, and roughly 200 hours to consider them close friends.

If there are people in your life who you do feel that you have a close and personal connection with, don't take it for granted, because there are millions of people out there who are struggling to bear the pain that loneliness brings.

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Loneliness has its adverse effects, but you cannot be afraid of it. Otherwise people will sense it, and drag you into bad situations. Happens all the time.

We live in an interconnected world of individuality

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Hi doitvoluntarily, a most interesting post on a topic that is always going to be relevant. Loneliness eats away at people because basically we are social beings and have a strong psychological need to belong, to love and be loved. Of course there are resilient individuals who enjoy the quiet solitude but deep down everyone needs a friendly caring person or people in his/her life. I personally don't think social media sites are a substitute. Give it its due it play a role as another way to communicate - listening and contributing, but it is limiting.

Steemit can be of a great help with this issue.

can def help fill the void✌

I have to say this is often been something I have thought about. I agree companionship is important. However, I am not sure friends in real life are better than virtual. In fact I have done a video on it before. Maybe I will have to add it to my Dtube channel. I will be sure to add a link to this post.

That so true. I lack companionship in my own life. social media is not the same. You want the real thing. And finding real in this artificial world is hard to find. Thanks for sharing my friend. We all know the problem. As I do not drive...solving the problem is not that easy.

@doitvoluntarily These are complicated ages, I think the worst of old age is not being old, but staying alone. I have lived this situation with my grandparents, at the death of one of the couple, the other did not spend a few months and died of sadness.
Although now there are more options where to frequent being a big person, it is not the same
I wish you a great day

And where are you? Among those 2 who don't feel this lack or..?) I adore loneliness, when i tried to be too friendly and communicative, it destroyed me inside, but i tried.. I was taught i had to do it. So much lost time.

Can't agree with you more. Loneliness can be the root of the problem itself. I have read various papers entailing the negative consequence of being lonely which is usually associated with depression and other mental problems.





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