New research proposes that touch could help us bridge dividesby Steph Singer and Mirko Farina / October 24, 2018 / Leave a comment
In December 2009, the Guardian claimed that “real loneliness can do serious damage.” In January 2011, the BBC pronounced loneliness a “hidden killer” of the elderly. In December 2017, New York Times asserted that “loneliness leads to poorer physical and mental health”.
Several psychological studies have also demonstrated that loneliness is associated with an increase in the risk of premature mortality. They say that income, education, sex, and ethnicity are not protective, and that the condition is contagious.
According to a recent Community Life Survey 2017-2018 and to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 6 per cent of adults in England—one in 20—report feeling lonely “often” or “always.” 15 per cent reported feeling lonely “sometimes” and 24 per cent “occasionally.”
Younger adults—those aged 16 to 24 years—reported feeling lonely more often than those in older age groups.