Is Being Lonely Really Bad For Your Health?

We always love our ‘Me Time,’ a personal space, where we tend to live in our thoughts, develop and generate ideas. Many times we feel to stay restless doing nothing but to hang out with ourselves. And even sometimes we wish if any of socializing plans get off so that we can stay peaceful in our world.

Usually, people of this generation tend to stay alone, and the reasons are various, ranging from to unsocialized to fears and so on. Some of the kids and adult develop this behavior and channelize that time for their personal growth and development.

Loneliness

Many of people think socializing is a punishment to them to act what they are not, they just feel a waste of time and energy. Such asocial behaviors are not familiar to ordinary people as they are always hyperactive when it came to socializing, meeting new people and pass their time.

As every coin has two sides, let’s have a look on Harmful and Harmless outcomes of being unsocial.

Harmful Outcomes Of Loneliness:

Research shows that harms of being unsocial can consider a serious public health problem, lesser learning skills, no teamwork, lower emotion quotient and low cognitive development. The Royal College of General Practitioners, UK, says that loneliness has the same amount of risk as premature death as diabetes.

As social connections play a Vital role in mental development, healthy immune system, and motor function, an individual can lack with such essential health building components. Loneliness also has many other risks on physical health such as dementia, lower cardiovascular outputs, obesity, and insomnia.

Loneliness can lead to Insomnia

In extreme social isolation cases, for example, children raised in an abusive atmosphere, prisoners kept in separate jails can result in extreme loneliness, leading to numerous mental instability and hallucinations.

Studies have also suggested that there are also, some good outcomes, as well.

Positive Outcomes Of Loneliness:

Being lonely, or living in your personal space can benefit you to grow more cognitively if space used adequately.

People who tend to live in their area can have a higher creative skill than people who socialize frequently. Gregory Feist, who focuses on the psychology of creativity at California’s San Jose State University, defined creativity as thinking or activity with two active components: usefulness and originality.

His research also found that personality traits commonly are associated with receptiveness to new thoughts, confidence, and independence.

Confidence

Surprisingly, in this research on both artists and scientists, one common but important behavior of creative in general was seen.  Both had a lesser interest in socializing.

Another harmless outcome that is believed to be developed in this category of people is their inward focus. A study was carried out in the year 2011 showing that people working in the food industry where employees were more extroverted and passive gave higher profits as an outcome. But, in the same sector, where employees with introvert and proactive nature were proved more effective.

One of the reasons behind this is that introverted people are less likely to feel fear by their contemporaries and suggestions. They can be good listeners.

Since the inception of humans, people have been aware of a link between mental focus and isolation. After all, every culture with various traditions and religions, since ancient times, firmly believe that loneliness is significant for personal wisdom.

As there are various never-ending discussions and research on loneliness and its effects on health. Here are some of myths and truths about being lonely.

Myths And Facts About Loneliness:

There have been wide opinions and theories about loneliness, which people somewhere, believe it to be true. Some tales which they feel are real and can affect them in some way or another. Some have misconceptions and superstitious beliefs about being lonely or being unsocialized.

Let’s look at some of myths and truths that might help you with change your perspective towards unsocialized people.

1. Myth: Limiting freedom can increase loneliness.

Truth: Trying to preserve freedoms will heighten loneliness. On the other hand, having fewer choices can decrease loneliness.

2. Myth: Loneliness is a result of being single, a second-class transitional stage of life on the way to the first-class state of marriage.

Truth: Loneliness isn’t an outcome of singleness. Single or even married can experience such state of behavior.

3. Myth: One can get rid of their loneliness by meeting their sexual needs.

Truth: Trying to meet non-sexual needs sexually will heighten loneliness. Only when we meet our non-sexual needs in non-sexual ways will we begin to address our loneliness adequately.

4. Myth: Loneliness is evil and unhealthy.

Truth: Loneliness is neutral, depending upon the path an individual chooses to walk on. Loneliness can bring both improvement and deterioration.

5. Myth: Loneliness is age-specific.

Truth: Loneliness has no age barriers.

Loneliness In Children

These are some of the common myths or questions people have asked frequently. Though everyone has their variations of answers, many of them can be related to the myths mentioned above and the facts.

Having said that on people having their variations of defining unwanted and socializing behaviors, let’s look at the major pros and cons of being lonely.

Pros Of Being Lonely:

  • Increase productivity
  • Boosts creativity
  • Strengthens relationships
  • Improves cognitive functioning

Cons Of Being Lonely:

  • Leads depression
  • Unhealthy physical fitness
  • Less mental skills
  • Criticism

These are some of the major pros and cons that can come hand in hand with loneliness.

One of the theories also suggested that being lonely can lead an individual to depression and many other cognitive diseases.

While, we now know the myths and truths, pros and cons, good and bad sides of loneliness, but how do you know you are lonely or not? Your closed one facing isolation or not?

Scientific Signs Of Lonely People:

  • Restlessness
  • Longer showers and baths
  • Always homesick
  • Inability to make and maintain any relationship
  • Cold body temperature
  • Insomnia

Prescription:

As loneliness can hit any individual at any point in life, it’s our responsibility that we are always there for them. Fighting with loneliness does not require any sort special techniques. Love can work wonders. Though loneliness has its way of working on us, it’s our responsibility that we bend and mold ourselves towards the positive side.

Reference:

  1. https://www.thecut.com/2018/01/the-health-effects-of-loneliness.html
  2. https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/topics/loneliness-isolation
Mikael

Mikael is a health nutrition expert and loves mountain biking. Mikael started his health product research journey about 6 years ago and still loves doing it. Apart from spending time on his study, research & literature, he plays basketball regularly and is a fitness freak.

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