Why is it in the news?
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared loneliness as a pressing global health threat.
More about the news
- Loneliness is equated to having a mortality effect equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, emphasizing its serious health impact.
- The social and economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic have severely affected social connections, contributing to increased loneliness worldwide.
- To address this issue, WHO has launched a new commission focused on loneliness. Its objective is to develop comprehensive strategies, including promoting social connections and formulating policies to mitigate the effects of loneliness.
- The absence of strong social connections increases the risk of early death. Loneliness is associated with a higher risk of stroke, anxiety, dementia, depression, and suicide.
- Social isolation and loneliness can lead to poor economic and educational outcomes.
Loneliness in the Indian Context
- India’s diverse population and vast socioeconomic disparities contribute to feelings of isolation among its citizens.
- The prevalence of nuclear families can increase loneliness, particularly among the elderly who may lack familial support.
- Overreliance on social media can lead to superficial relationships and a sense of disconnection, especially among young people.
- The pursuit of instant gratification in the digital age may contribute to feelings of isolation among the younger generation.