Loneliness is contagious. According to new research, lonely people are contagious. The study finds that lonely people typically have fewer social ties to begin with and feelings of loneliness make them more likely to sever those ties thereby making their friends or family feel more lonely. Researchers tracked social ties and reported feelings of loneliness in thousands of people following several decades. Loneliness is linked to poor health and well-being. This was a report in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The research was done at the University of Chicago.
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