It can be hard to admit to feelings of loneliness, but one in 10 Britons are lonely. It’s not just an issue for the elderly – loneliness is rising among the young. So are we all destined to be lonely?
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main,” wrote the poet John Donne in the 17th Century.
Some people seek isolation, but few choose to be lonely.
Loneliness not only makes us unhappy, but it is bad for us. It can lead to a lack of confidence and mental health problems like depression, stress and anxiety.
Studies have consistently shown that one in 10 of us is lonely, but a report by the Mental Health Foundation suggests loneliness among young people is increasing.
At the same time, social changes such as the rise of the solo dweller and the surge in social networks, combined with an ageing population, are changing the way people interact with each other.
So is modern life making us lonely?
Read the full article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22012957
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