The causes of loneliness are multifaceted and complex. Living alone is clearly a factor. Older private renters are at high risk of loneliness and anxiety. Low-income individuals are more likely to experience loneliness. So, too, are people who have a serious mental or physical health condition or have had a serious disruptive event (financial or job loss, illness or injury, or relationship breakdown) in their past.
In 1990, five million Britons lived alone. Single people are estimated to comprise thirty percent of households by the year 2000. The next two decades are expected to see a rise in the number of bachelors by 10%, and in the number of single women by 12.3%.
The reduction in life span for people experiencing loneliness is similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and it’s greater than the impact on life span of obesity … Look even deeper, and you’ll find loneliness is associated with a greater risk of heart disease, depression, anxiety and dementia.