Experts warned that it was loneliness more deadly than that obesity and should be considered as a public health risk.
Those with poor social connections have a 50 percent higher risk of premature death compared with those with good connections, according to an overview of the loneliness study.
Researchers in the United States have examined 218 mini-studies on the health effects of loneliness and social isolation. They found it social isolation increased the risk of death by 50 percent and that poor social inclusion was more dangerous for human health than obesity that increased the risk of death by only 30 percent.
– Linking with other people is considered one of the basic human needs, a key to well-being and survival, said Dr. Julien Holt-Lunstad, lead author and psychology professor at Brigham Young University.
Extreme examples show that children in homes that have no direct contact with people in the open air often do not realize social contact and die earlier, experts say. It is believed The feeling of loneliness causes people to feel worse and worse mentally and physicallyand those who are lonely tend to have more severe symptoms if they are ill than those who are not.
A recent survey by Granset, a social networking site for people aged over 50, has shown that almost three-quarters of older people in the United Kingdom are lonely and that the majority have never talked to anyone about how they feel. also, Research has shown that the British are the most desirable people in the world.
According to a campaign to combat loneliness, loneliness in the UK costs $ 26 million a year for healthcare and health care costs.
"There are strong indications that social isolation and loneliness significantly increase the risk of premature death, and the risk percentage goes beyond the number of leading health indicators," Holt-Lunstad added.