Nearly One-Third of American Adults Live Alone, Eat Alone and Sleep Alone

J.W. Freiberg’s Award Winning Book “Four Seasons Of Loneliness” Uses Its Momentum To Honor The Heroes Of Human Connection

A great start to address this Public Health Crisis is to to honor “Heroes Of Human Connection”, the individuals & professionals dedicated to improvements: social workers, counselors, human services organizations, psychologists, adoption agencies, NPOs …

Leading studies reveal devastating facts: “Nearly One-Third of American Adults Live Alone, Eat Alone and Sleep Alone. The number of people who indicated that they had a neighbor with whom they could confide has dropped more than half since 1985 — from around 19 percent to about eight percent. Five percent of American households had televisions in 1950 compared with 95 percent in 1970. Now, many homes have a TV in every room. This is one of the reasons for the fragmentation of the family circle and disintegration of family life since the 1960s: Families have 60 percent fewer family picnics and 40 percent fewer family dinners. It’s estimated that for every 10-minute increase in commuting time, there is a 10-percent decrease in time spent establishing and maintaining social ties.”

Author J.W. Freiberg notes that an ever-increasing percentage of the US population now lives alone. In 1970, only 17 percent of us did; by 2012 that number had grown to 27 percent. He references the work of John T. Cacioppo, of the University of Chicago, whose research has documented that chronically lonely persons are significantly more likely to become diabetic, develop sleep disorders, exhibit increased blood pressure, acquire Alzheimer’s disease, and have poorly functioning immune systems. It is no surprise to learn that lonely persons die at a significantly younger…

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