The Deadliness of Loneliness

If you feel alone, you’re not alone. Loneliness is a global and growing problem, and a new study shows just how deadly it can be.

Loneliness is creating a growing global health crisis — an epidemic, some health experts say — fueled by aging populations, fragmented families and migration to soulless cities, among other things. A new study adds to a growing body of research showing that loneliness can be as deadly as obesity or smoking. The research also points to the roots of the complex problem and hints at possible solutions.