Cigna: Millennials Are More Socially Isolated Than Senior Citizens, Taking A Toll on Their Health …

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Cigna: Millennials Are More Socially Isolated Than Senior Citizens, Taking A Toll on Their Health

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/05/01/loneliness-poor-health-reported-far-more-among-young-people-than-even-those-over-72/559961002/

I've shared some stories in the past few months on how social isolation can cause some pretty adverse health effects on people, given that we are social beings by nature. I continuously find more evidence showing that as time goes on.

Cigna Insurance conducted a study on loneliness and found that in spite of all our connectivity, Millennials are the most socially isolated group of people, even more than senior citizens (who often decline in social interaction as they age).

"The overall national loneliness score was alarmingly high at 44 on a 20-to-80 scale, but the prevalence of social isolation among those ages 18 to 22 raises even more concern. The younger people, part of Generation Z, had loneliness scores of about 48 compared with nearly 39 for those 72 and older."

One of the most shocking finds? Loneliness can have the same effect on one's health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

Moral of the story: we need to be around other people, not just online behind a computer screen. Though we have never been more "connected" as human beings, we've also never been so isolated. It's a most paradoxical situation, one that we need to consciously be aware of. Like cigarettes, it will slowly kill us over time.

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