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August 31, 2022
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Having A Partner Better For Avoiding Loneliness In Pandemic Than Having Children

August 31, 2022 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Having a partner was more beneficial at avoiding loneliness during the first wave of COVID-19 than having children. Research published in the European Journal of Ageing found that whilst those without children and those without a partner were more likely to be lonely, those without a partner underwent a notable shift in their loneliness in the early stages of the pandemic. [More]

October 29, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Solo Apartment Dwellers Fared Worse Mentally In Pandemic

October 29, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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People who live in apartments may have experienced more mental health issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic than their peers in the suburbs. Research from the University of Georgia found apartment dwellers, and in particular those who lived alone, had higher odds of experiencing mental health issues than people who lived in condos or standalone homes. [More]

February 28, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Robotic Dogs and Laughter Therapy May Reduce Loneliness During COVID-19

February 28, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Mindfulness, laughter and even robotic dogs may be some of the methods to help people cope with isolation and loneliness due to social distancing during COVID-19. Researchers from Cambridge’s School of Medicine undertook a review examining existing evidence on the different approach to curbing loneliness and isolation, and found there are options to suit everyone. [More]

May 8, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Loneliness from COVID is a Public Health Crisis

May 8, 2020 06:54 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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According to a recent study by Cigna, more than half of Americans experience loneliness. While connections are as important to well being as they were a hundred years ago, our modern society has contributed to weaker social connections. The negative consequences of loneliness are physical, resulting in increased inflammation, as well as mental. [More]

December 27, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Predicting Loneliness with FitBit Data

December 27, 2019 14:55 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent study in JMIR found that data from Fitbit and smartphone devices could help identify college students experiencing loneliness. The results suggest “fine-grained behavioral features” from mobile and wearable devices can distinguish between high and low levels of loneliness. Students [More]

October 18, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Can We Treat Loneliness With a Pill?

October 18, 2019 09:09 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash
Researchers at the Brain Dynamics Laboratory in Chicago conducted a trial for the hormone pregnenolone with volunteers who have high scores on a loneliness scale. The hormone may benefit the lonely person who desires human connection yet also has an instinct for self-preservation. [More]