Nihilists are lonely
Have no friends not equal to yourself.
- Confucius (551-479 BC)
Loneliness causes people to feel hollow, abandoned, and undesirable. Lonely people often crave human contact, but their state of mind makes it more difficult to form connections with other people. Loneliness, according to many experts, is not essentially about being alone. Instead, if you feel isolated and secluded, then that is how lonesomeness plays into your state of mind.
For example, a first-year college student might feel lonely despite being encircled by roommates and other peers. A soldier commencing their military career might feel lonely after being arrayed to a foreign country, despite being continually being around other troop members.
Researchers have discovered that low levels of loneliness are correlated to marriage, higher incomes, and higher academic rank. Increased levels of loneliness are associated with physical health symptoms, living alone, minor social networks, and poor-quality community relationships.
Researchers also propose that loneliness is becoming more common in the United States. The rise of the internet and, paradoxically, social media are partly to blame. Experts believe that it is not the extent of social communication that contests loneliness, but it’s the eminence. Having simply three or four close friends is sufficient to ward off loneliness and diminish the negative health consequences related to this state of mind.