Is Feeling Lonely or Isolated Harmful to My Health?

March 17, 2015 1:14 PM

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There may be a reason why we’re all so desperate for people to like our Instagram photos, after all. According to new research, loneliness and social isolation are as dangerous to your health as obesity. In fact, researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU), where the study was conducted, found that being lonely, feeling isolated and being obese could all threaten your health — and even kill you.

While earlier research found that loneliness was a substantial risk of death — similar to smoking 15 cigarettes per day or being an alcoholic — this new research, reported in the Perspectives on Psychological Science, found that the chances of dying from loneliness surpass those of obesity.

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