Latest Loneliness Stories

2009-02-16 20:11:26

Social isolation affects how people behave, as well as how their brains operate, a University of Chicago study found. John Cacioppo said the study used functional Magnetic Resonance scans to study the connections between perceived social isolation -- loneliness -- and activity in the brain.

2009-01-21 14:30:00

It has 20 percent of the world's population with 1.4bn people – but China's rapid economic and social change has caused its pensioners to feel lonely and alienated, a new study suggests.

2008-12-24 11:39:57

Nearly one-quarter of U.S. college students surveyed said their pets helped them get through difficult times in life, researchers said.

2008-12-23 11:22:42

A new study suggests that college students may handle stressful situations better if they have a pet.

2008-12-17 15:53:40

In the 17th and 18th centuries nostalgia was a medical disease, but psychologists are now focused on nostalgia's therapeutic aspects, British researchers say. Nostalgia was once viewed as a medical disease, complete with symptoms including weeping, irregular heartbeat and anorexia.

2008-12-13 16:00:00

In the 17th and 18th centuries, nostalgia was viewed as a medical disease, complete with symptoms including weeping, irregular heartbeat and anorexia.

2008-11-28 22:25:59

Nostalgia amplifies perceptions of social support, and in this way, counteracts feelings of loneliness, British and Chinese researchers said. Constantine Sedikides and Tim Wildschut from the University of Southampton, England, and Xinyue Zhou and Ding-Guo Gao from Sun Yat-Sen University, in China, ran a series of experiments that had participants answer questions related to feelings of loneliness, social support and nostalgia. The study participants included children, college students and...

2008-07-16 03:00:26

By Jones, L Gregory WITH ONE CHILD in college and two teenagers at home, I learned vicariously about "being friended" and "facebooking." My kids didn't want me to join Facebook, but relented when I told them that our seminary students were forming groups on Facebook and inviting me to participate.

2008-07-10 21:00:27

By Helen Dennis Dear Readers: I recently received letters from two women in their late 60s who have concerns about the relationships they have with their adult children. From L.J.: "Our children have their own lives and families to raise.

2008-04-22 14:40:00

Spreading rumors and gossiping may not cause bruises or black eyes, but the psychological consequences of this social type of bullying could linger into early adulthood, a new University of Florida study shows.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.