Genetics

Both DNA, environment make us 'only the lonely'

In the relationship equivalent of the Whack-A-Mole carnival game, we doggedly swipe right, tap 'like' and share photos that vanish within seconds – relentlessly hitting at superficial connections with as many people as ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

One in four Australians are lonely

One in four Australians are lonely, our new report has found, and it's not just a problem among older Australians – it affects both genders and almost all age groups.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Stress less: Minimizing the negative effects of social media

Social media can be a place to connect with friends and family, make plans or hear about events. At the same time, social media use can sometimes overwhelm us with news and information. Navigating social media use is all ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Massive study confirms that loneliness increases risk of dementia

A new Florida State University College of Medicine study involving data from 12,000 participants collected over 10 years confirms the heavy toll that loneliness can take on your health: It increases your risk of dementia ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Lonely people stand farther from loved ones, study finds

A new study from the University of Chicago found that people who report feeling lonely also say they sit or stand physically farther away from close friends and family. Their "personal space" for intimate partners is larger ...

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Loneliness

Loneliness is an unpleasant feeling in which a person feels a strong sense of emptiness and solitude resulting from inadequate levels of social relationships. However, it is a subjective experience. Loneliness has also been described as social pain - a psychological mechanism meant to alert an individual of isolation and motivate her/him to seek social connections.

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