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The Dangers of Social Isolation

Meghan Neal

You say you want to be alone? Think again. Researchers have found that older people with fewer human contacts are more likely to die—even if they’re happy in their solitude—than are people with richer social lives. The study adds to the debate over whether loneliness, social isolation, or some combination of the two leads to higher mortality.

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  • Lindsey Smith

    Aww. This is sad! How do we encourage people to be more social?