Wired PR News.com – A new book lists loneliness and social relationships as major influences on a person’s health. As reported by U.S. News, research presented in the book Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection co-authored by John Cacioppo a University of Chicago neuroscientist, loneliness can be a negative factor on the health of individuals and can be viewed to have the same impact as serious conditions such as obesity and high blood pressure.
In an interview with U.S. News, Cacioppo stated that individuals can feel lonely, regardless of whether they are surrounded by people, due to “perceived isolation.” The neuroscientist suggests that people can manage their feelings of loneliness by finding means of feeling positive sensations that social interactions bring, including commenting on the good things around them that incite positive responses from others. Also, in regards to the widely popular online social networking mediums such as Facebook, these used to take the place of physical social interaction can exacerbate feelings of loneliness; however, in cases where isolation cannot be prevented, then these can be beneficial by serving as an outlet for social connection.
More information on the subject can be obtained from the full U.S. News & World Report, as well as Cacioppo’s recently released book.