For the elderly is important to maintain communication with family
The Feeling of loneliness from time to time experienced by all people without exception, regardless of gender, age, social status and other factors. And this feeling, though natural, may cause psychological and physiological diseases. Researchers from around the world carefully studying the nature of this phenomenon and recently, the Dutch group decided to find out people any more all ages feel lonely and why there is this feeling. It turned out, the reasons of loneliness are highly dependent on age. For example, young people feel unwanted, if long time do not communicate with friends. But people over age 50 want to have contact with the family. But let us study more — why scientists made the following conclusions and are confident in their observations?
That long-term loneliness can cause mental health problems and physiological diseases, scientists have known for a long time. Isolation from society leads to depression and this has been proven in the experiment in which the poker player rich Alati (Rich Alati) spent a month in a room with a bed, refrigerator and toilet. On this experiment, I have already mentioned, in a nutshell, the man's earned his sleep problems, depression and fatigue.
One man spent a month in isolation and nothing good ever came of it
And the fact that loneliness leads to the development of diseases such as heart disease, in 2016, proven by British scientists. In the framework of scientific work, the results of which were published in science , they studied the results of 23 studies. They take into account the data about 181 thousand people. Observations have shown that single people are at risk to suffer from a heart attack by 29% more than the socially active volunteers. It turned out that this is true for all people, regardless of their age. So, from loneliness more harm than good. At least, such conclusion can be drawn based on the results of scientific work.
In the framework of the new scientific work, which was discussed in , the scientists found that the causes of loneliness among people of different ages. They were able to conduct a survey among more than 26 thousand inhabitants of the Netherlands aged 19 to 65 years. In addition to the answers to questions like "how often do you participate yourself alone?" the scientists collected data on the level of education, marital status, frequency of communication with relatives and friends, as well as on the state of health of volunteers.
Based on the data collected, the researchers divided people into three age groups:
The Survey showed that the feeling of loneliness haunts 39,7% of young people. Among the middle age it was revealed 43.3% of individuals. But elderly people were most lonely, they accounted for as much as 48.2 per cent. Using the collected in the survey additional data, the researchers identified the reasons for which people begin to feel that they are not wanted. To their surprise, the researchers found that people of different ages experience loneliness for different reasons.
Young people feel lonely when there are no friends
The Causes of loneliness were distributed thus:
So, in the framework of scientific work, researchers have proved that the feeling of loneliness among people of different ages occur for different reasons. But they themselves admit that the study is superficial and the result is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, in the emergence of feelings of loneliness is more subtle causal relationships. Only for their detection need to conduct longer-term studies, in which the condition of the people need to follow for several decades.