Problem

Loneliness in single people

Other Names:
Lonely hearts
Lack of life partner
Nature:

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.

 

Incidence:

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%.

Claim:

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.

Broader Problems:
Loneliness in adults
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Date of last update
16.06.2019 – 00:24 CEST