You will then start contemplating about getting a girlfriend or boyfriend anytime soon, after some years of being alone. The reason is that a new study is claiming “Being Single is deadlier than obesity”
The study indicates that loneliness is deadly than obesity and should be considered a public health risk, experts warned.
The study indicates that introverts have a 50 percent increased risk of early death compared to extroverts, a review of studies on loneliness suggests.
The study looked at 218 studies into the health effects of loneliness and social isolation.
The study saw social isolation lifts a person’s risk of death by half compared to obesity, which raised the risk of death by just 30 percent.
Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, lead author, and professor of psychology at Brigham Young University said: “Being connected to others socially is widely considered as the basic human need, important to both well-being and survival.
“Extreme examples show infants in custodial care who lack human contact fail to thrive and often die, and indeed, solitary confinement and social isolation have been used as a form of punishment.
Feeling lonely is thought to make people feel mentally and physically worse — and those who are lonely tend to suffer worse symptoms and at times try to hurt themselves in so many ways.
A recent survey by Granset, over-50s social networking site, found that almost three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely and most have never spoken to someone about how they feel.
However, recent statistics show that Britain is the loneliest country in Europe.
She suggested greater priority be placed on research and resources to tackle loneliness such as social skills for children in schools.
The study, therefore, suggested that GPs should factor in a patient’s social circumstances when treating them.