‘How can we know so many people and still feel so lonely”
We live in a time where it is easy to “know” or be connected to more people than ever before. And yet over 9 million people in the UK report feeling lonely always or often (British red cross and co-op, 2016), and 2/3 say they feel uncomfortable admitting they feel that way.
Loneliness has a profound impact on both our mental and physical health
Statistics on Loneliness (from ONS)
- In 2016 to 2017, there were 5% of adults in England who reported feeling lonely “often” or “always”.
- Younger adults aged 16 to 24 years reported feeling lonely more often than those in older age groups.
- Women reported feeling lonely more often than men.
- Those single or widowed were at particular risk of experiencing loneliness more often.
- People in poor health or who have conditions they describe as “limiting” were also at particular risk of feeling lonely more often.
- Renters reported feeling lonely more often than homeowners.
- People who feel that they belong less strongly to their neighbourhood reported feeling lonely more often.
- People who have little trust of others in their local area reported feeling lonely more often.
Dr Dean Ornish – New York times bestselling author; world renown surgeon “I am not aware of any other factor in medicine – not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugsm not surgery – that has a greater impact on our quality of life, incidences of illness and premature death from all causes [than love or intimacy]
- Which of these three factors could you focus on developing in your friendships / how can you intentionally move some of your relationships up the triange.
- Friendships work two ways – who could you reach out to, that needs a friend at this time.