Loneliness can be attributed to low self-esteem and lack of confidence. People who lack confidence in themselves often believe that they are unworthy of the attention or regard of other people. This can lead to isolation and chronic loneliness.
Other contributing factors include situational variables, such as physical isolation, moving to a new location, and divorce. The death of someone significant in a person's life can also lead to feelings of loneliness. Loneliness can also be a symptom of a psychological disorder such as depression.
According to British Red Cross research in 2016 - 9 billion adults of all ages and backgrounds are often lonely.
Research also shows that loneliness can impact stress, heart health, and the body’s immune system. But these are not the only areas in which loneliness takes its toll.
"Lonely adults consume more alcohol and get less exercise than those who are not lonely. Their diet is higher in fat, their sleep is less efficient, and they report more daytime fatigue”.