Even though our need to connect is innate, some of us always go home alone. You could have people around you throughout the day or even be in a lifelong marriage, and still experience a deep, pervasive loneliness. Unsurprisingly, isolation can have a serious detrimental effect on one’s mental and physical health.
In an article for Fortune by Laura Entis that sited research by John Cacioppo, the director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, who asserts that humans were not designed to be solitary creatures. So much so that the absence of social connection triggers the same, primal alarm bells as hunger, thirst and physical pain. We evolved to survive in tribes; the need to interact is deeply ingrained in our genetic code. (Entis)
Loneliness is a growing problem affecting more and more people in our society. The effects of this social isolation can be detrimental to the health and well being of those struggling with it. According to the American Psychological Association, Loneliness and social isolation may represent a greater public health hazard than obesity, and their impact has been growing and will continue to grow. (APA)