Following is a selection of the recent published literature on the relationship between feelings of loneliness, social isolation, and rates of morbidity and mortality.
- Having social connections improves peoples’ odds of survival by 50% on average.
- Living alone increased the likelihood of mortality the most, 32%, while social isolation raised the risk by 29% and loneliness by 26%.
- Simply living with someone else increased survival by nearly 20%.
- Extensive social integration nearly doubled the odds of survival.