10 Surprising Facts About Loneliness

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8. Poor cognitive performance

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10 Surprising Facts About Loneliness

Another surprising facts about loneliness are that it can lead to poor cognitive performance and even dementia.

Loneliness is the perceived experience of social deprivation, distinct from objective social isolation, that has been associated with accelerated functional decline and increased mortality in older adults (Perissinotto et al., 2012). Loneliness has also been found to predict greater cognitive decline over 4–10 years (Shankar et al., 2013Tilvis et al., 2004) and a doubling of the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) dementia (Wilson et al., 2007). (3)

9. Loneliness can make our bodies feel colder

Another surprising fact about loneliness is that you can actually feel colder when you are lonely as your body temperature decreases.

Researchers suggest that this could be due to genetic memory, as our ancestors would have felt after being ostracized from the warmth of the tribe.

10 Surprising Facts About Loneliness

10. Obsession with Material possessions

According to a number of recent studies, a lot of people get obsessed about material possessions to combat their loneliness. They focus more on possessing cars, house and other valuables to fill the void of loneliness.

Shopping and acquiring things become our tonic, our magic pill to curb loneliness. Solution for loneliness, such as shopping, binge eating and is often momentarily beneficial but are detrimental in the long run.

Over the time a person realizes that it’s impossible to find solace in a conversation with one’s costly wrist watch. This leads to “a loneliness loop” that many economists have taken interest in since decades.

Many economists have suggested there are actually three flavors of materialism: “acquisition centrality, possession-defined success, and acquisition as the source of happiness.”

Lonely shoppers who splurge to fill their sense of defeat and insecurity are actually deluding themselves.

Pieters found, valuing material possessions as a measure of success and as a medicine for happiness were associated with increases in loneliness over time, and loneliness in its turn was associated with increases in these subtypes of materialism.

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  1. I have noted lonely people turn to animals to fill a void. And over too long a time span with their pet, they actually reject other humans who show desire to bong with them. I have found this to be the case with two former boyfriends. They were single for many years and just had their pets. I felt I came second to those animals which created my own feelings of subjective loneliness. I felt they lost desire to interact on pretty much every level. It was very boring, depressing, rejecting and debilitatingly lonely for me. Heartbreaking to be pushed away. Disgusting to see animals receive the loving connection that I craved.

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