Back in the 1980s, about 20% of the American population reported themselves as generally being lonely. If you think that's bad, then take a look at what the percentage for lonely people is today: 40%. This is especially bad news when you take into account that loneliness is more deadly than obesity. You heard right; obese individuals are 18% more likely to die than people with a normal weight, but lonely people are 50% more likely to die than people who are not lonely.
So what's the problem? Why are we so lonely that it's killing us? The answer could lie with the growing American complex of nothing ever being enough for us. Often times, our desired amount of friends does not match up to what we really have, and the thirst to have fun is unquenchable. Social media has only fueled our loneliness. Virtual conversations don't match human interaction and can leave us feeling worse than we did before.
John Cacioppo, Social Neuroscientist at the University of Chicago says, "Being lonely isn't bad for you, but staying lonely is." Take a look at this infographic for more about the dangers of loneliness and don't forget to like, comment, and share.