Search engines receive many questions about feeling alone and loneliness. In this page, we provide short answers to many of the more commonly searched ‘Is’ questions. For fuller answers, we encourage you to explore the website.
Loneliness is an emotion that motivates us to seek out people and form meaningful connections with them. During our evolutionary history, loneliness motivated humans to form and stay in groups with others they could trust and depend on to look after the greater good, enabling higher survival rates.
Being on your own is not harmful if you enjoy long periods of solitude, and you are able to live in a healthy, safe way. When you feel socially isolated you can start feeling the effects of not having company; and prolonged loneliness is harmful to your health.
Lonely people do not always show their feelings to others. Some signs you can look out for:
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