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Loneliness and Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality
"Actual and perceived social isolation are both associated with increased risk for early mortality. In this meta-analytic review, our objective is to establish the overall and relative magnitude of social isolation and loneliness and to examine possible moderators. We conducted a literature search of studies (January 1980 to February 2014) using MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Social Work Abstracts, and Google Scholar. The included studies provided quantitative data on mortality as affected by loneliness, social isolation, or living alone. Across studies in which several possible confounds were statistically controlled for, the weighted average effect sizes were as follows: social isolation odds ratio (OR) = 1.29, loneliness OR = 1.26, and living alone OR = 1.32, corresponding to an average of 29%, 26%, and 32% increased likelihood of mortality, respectively. We found no differences between measures of objective and subjective social isolation. Results remain consistent across gender, length of follow-up, and world region, but initial health status has an influence on the findings. Results also differ across participant age, with social deficits being more predictive of death in samples with an average age younger than 65 years. Overall, the influence of both objective and subjective social isolation on risk for mortality is comparable with well-established risk factors for mortality. "
loneliness  social  isolation  health  personality  mortality  psychology 
july 2015 by tsuomela
The Forever Empty of Louis C.K. | 21st Century Spirituality | Big Think
"Today there is no more potent contrivance than the mass distraction of cell phones. This is no anti-technological rant—all of our tools have purpose and can be used for good reason. The reasons we justify, however, need to be questioned. As an avoidance of silence, we’re never going to be able to reckon with loneliness. That’s a shame. So much is learned in the quiet space. The tragedy ensues, as Louis concluded, when"
silence  experience  cell-phone  mobile  loneliness  technology-effects 
october 2013 by tsuomela
Social isolation, loneliness, and all-cause mortality in older men and women
"Both social isolation and loneliness are associated with increased mortality, but it is uncertain whether their effects are independent or whether loneliness represents the emotional pathway through which social isolation impairs health. We therefore assessed the extent to which the association between social isolation and mortality is mediated by loneliness. W"
loneliness  isolation  social  connection  networks  psychology  mortality  health 
march 2013 by tsuomela
The power of lonely - The Boston Globe
"But an emerging body of research is suggesting that spending time alone, if done right, can be good for us — that certain tasks and thought processes are best carried out without anyone else around, and that even the most socially motivated among us should regularly be taking time to ourselves if we want to have fully developed personalities, and be capable of focus and creative thinking."
psychology  loneliness  being  aloneness  research  social-psychology 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Alone Together - An Important New Book by Sherry Turkle
Review of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Computers and Less From Each Other” by Sherry Turkle.
book  review  internet  culture  network  social-media  psychology  loneliness 
january 2011 by tsuomela

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