Thursday, March 19, 2015

Could Loneliness Speed Up Mortality?

We all know, as humans, that we are social creatures. It is natural for us to want to have relationships with others, but is it so deep in ourselves that it can actually begin to deteriorate us if we are socially isolated? This generation especially has become more socially isolated, and rates only continue. Blame it on the media, technology, unreachable standards, etc, but  studies show that people who have died around the age of 65 tended to live rather lonely lives. Its effects are incredible and even comparable to the obesity epidemic we are facing. Some researchers say that we could even have a "loneliness epidemic" in the future if such rates continue.
  • Do you believe mental health is as important as physical health? 
  • Do you believe people who are happy with friends seem mentally healthier than people who are more isolated? 
  • Do you feel better physically when you are around your friends? Do you think you perform better? 
  • What other things can loneliness lead to?
  • Do you think your health would change if you became more isolated?
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290934.php

11 comments:

  1. After reading this article I believe that the impact of the internet is leading us down a path where things like socializing face-to-face will diminish slowly. When someone feels physically satisfied they feel comfortable to go out and socialize, and when they don't feel good about their body it causes them to want to stay inside and not go out. This can then lead to obesity if people choose not to go out and instead eat away their pain. The idea of loneliness is scary, and nobody wants to feel alone as human we want to be around others, and we treasure those relationships.

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  2. All six components of health, including mental and physical health, are equally important for a health individual. Being social and maintaining relationships with others is a vital part of being mentally healthy. In order to do this, you must take time to enjoy the presence of your friends. I always feel better when I'm with my friends. They make me laugh and forget about all my worries. They are also great for talking about problems that I'm facing in my life. If i were to isolate myself, I would not have as positive of an outlook on life. Sometimes, isolation can even lead to depression or suicide.

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  3. i believe that if you are with your friends your no longer lonely and have a better mental health but on the other hand if you are lonely or isolated from others it can cause depression or other things to happen. when I am with my friends i don't think it effects that way i preform at least i don't think so. i think that you stay the same if you choose to be isolated it wouldn't have any impact on you as a person.

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  4. Isolation has been known to be a leading factor in bullying and often does lead to suicide and depression as stated previously. Do you think schools should become more cautious about this to prevent children from future consequences?

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    1. I know isolation is one of the harder things to detect. When you see a child alone on the playground, sometimes it's hard to tell whether they are there because they want to be alone or because no one else will play with them. That being said, I think schools, especially in early elementary, should be cautious of this. Because once children get use to being isolated socially, it becomes harder for them as they grow up and it could end up leading into depression, so I do agree.

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  5. Mental health is just as important as physical health and you could argue it is much more important. I feel that being around people can bring you more happiness but you must be able to still have happi when you are alone. I feel when I'm with freinds I don't think about the bad things that could be going on and it's a nice distraction. Lonelines can lead to many issues from not being socially adapt to being mentally unstable people are important and they make each other feel better. I feel my health would not change much if I was alone but for many I know it would affect them deeply.

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  6. Loneliness is a terrible feeling to have. People need reassurance and if someone does not feel like someone supports them or cares for them, they might feel like who is there to live for? Some people need to here that they are worthy from others. I believe social interaction is so important because it feels good to converse with people. Forming bonds with people is wonderful because it makes people happy. Surrounding yourself with others is apart of life. Most people don't want to be alone because it can cause depression. Mental health is important, so laugh and spend time with others.

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  7. I think mental health is as important as physical health. In this case, I think that mental health actually affects people’s physical health. I believe that, for me at least, being around positive friends usually leaves me happy, especially if I was feeling down before. I usually feel better physically after hanging out with my friends. I think my emotional state would definitely change if I became more isolated and lonely.

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  8. I feel like mental health is a bit more important that physical health for one reason. The reason is that if you are not mentally prepared for the physical fitness that you are about to endore, it will not be possible to work out or anything like that. You need to be in the right mindset to get yourself going. So I belive that you need mental health to be able to contribute in physical health

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  9. I believe that loneliness can definitely speed up mortality. Humans who are not lonely tend to have better mental health that those who are lonely. My physical health tend to be affected by my mental health easily - when I am feeling down I would act lazier.

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  10. I believe that loneliness can definitely speed up mortality. Humans who are not lonely tend to have better mental health that those who are lonely. My physical health tend to be affected by my mental health easily - when I am feeling down I would act lazier.

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