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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

No. 1 Problem for Those in Their 40s

If you're 40 and lonely, join the crowd.

An Australian study of 1,300 people over age 18 has shown that more than one-third of adults describe themselves as lonely, and people in their 40s suffer the most, reports the BBC News.

Interesting facts about who is lonely and who is not:

  • People with strong religious beliefs are less likely to be lonely no matter their age. Women are more likely than men to have strong religious beliefs.
  • Loneliness is more common in the unemployed.
  • Being retired does not necessarily lead to loneliness.
  • Poorer people tend be more lonely than those who are wealthier.
  • Knowing a lot of people doesn't guard against loneliness. There is no link between how long someone lives in a community and how lonely he or she feels.

"Understanding what makes people lonely is very important as loneliness can increase the risk of health conditions, such as heart disease and depression and other problems such as domestic violence," study co-author William Lauder, of the University of Dundee, told the BBC News. "One of the most interesting findings of this study is that it challenges the belief that retirement is linked to diminished social contacts and that people get lonelier as they get older."

He emphasized that understanding loneliness is important as it is a very common and potentially health-threatening phenomenon. "Previous research has shown that, health-wise, it carries a similar level of risk to obesity," Lauder told the BBC.

Still, it's important to remember that loneliness isn't always a negative force in life; many choose to live in solitude, Dr. Arthur Cassidy of the Belfast Institute told the BBC News. They may be alone, but they aren't necessarily lonely. "Loneliness is a social construct," Cassidy warns.

There is good news: Those who are the least lonely are in their teens and over 50.

The study findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.
source: Netscape.com

Now, for the good news: we have plenty of ways to find a soulmate even if we're in our 40s, 50s, 60s (stop me when we're done).
What we can do is discover our true interests and choose one or more of the following tips:
1) join a church.
2) join a book club.
3) join a cinema club.
4) attend a cooking class.
5) try one of the several match-making sites on the net.

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