Evidence Shows Social Isolation Impacts Men And Boys Especially Hard

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Most of us have become accustomed to living our lives largely online, with personal interactions and real-world events often taking a backseat to the immediacy and convenience of social media or virtual gatherings.

As a result, experts say the human race is becoming increasingly isolated, with potentially devastating consequences.

But does it affect us all equally?

There are several key factors that can contribute to the negative effects of social isolation, such as whether an individual is married and details about previous relationships. One apparently consistent trend, however, is that boys and young men are more at risk of the deleterious impact than girls and women.

The gender gap

Researchers set out to determine what role gender plays in this issue and relied on studies dating back to 1994 to provide the data they used. While more young men displayed signs of social isolation than young women, the disparity began to disappear as the ages increased. In fact, by the time the test subjects reached their 60s, it was women who seemed to be more disposed to isolation.

What’s causing all this isolation?

Although it’s easy to blame technology, this trend has been going on for many years. Experts have identified a number of external factors that can contribute to a person’s feelings of isolation regardless of gender or age. Education, physical health, and race are among the characteristics that researchers considered — but the unavoidable conclusion appears to be that we’re all vulnerable to isolation.

If you’re feeling all alone, it’s not just you. Try participating in group activities or volunteering and if you or someone you know is seriously struggling, please call 988 (in the United States) to reach a trained crisis counselor.

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