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This survey examines social connections, improving our understanding of loneliness and how it relates to social isolation. ­ The study measures loneliness across demographic groups and explores the relationship between loneliness and life experiences, social connections, health, and technology.

Studies show that isolation and loneliness are as bad for you as smoking or obesity, especially if you’re over fifty, but there’s something you can do about it.

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Old-fashioned social networks — person to person, not virtual or anonymous — are more valuable than we may have realized. Studies show that staying socially connected can boost the immune system, reduce anxiety and depression, and even increase lifespan. Conversely, for older adults prolonged isolation can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Many of the normal processes and transitions that happen as we grow older — hearing loss, the deaths of spouses, partners and peers, impaired mobility — put us at increased risk for loneliness and isolation.

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A daily walking program can improve your health, boost your social life and even increase creativity.