Scientific American Mind

Lonely, but alive

smalltalkWe humans are social creatures – so much so that isolation shortens our lives. But what is it about solitude that kills us? Could it be that the emotional pain of loneliness spurs us to an early demise? Not necessarily, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which found that social isolation itself — not  loneliness — was the critical factor.

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