The Irony of Loneliness
January 1, 2010 2:25 PM Subscribe
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The Economist reports
on a study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
) about how loneliness moves through a community.
Loneliness can spread from an individual through his or her social network. The effect is more pronounced with friends and acquaintances than with family. It seems that when one feels lonely "he [sic] is more likely to interact with his friends negatively, and they are then more likely to interact with other friends negatively." So, being lonely seems to make us behave in ways that not only tends to increase our feelings of isolation, but also increases the isolation of members of our social network.