A quarter of Americans say they have no one to confide in about their problems

Mail Online | 4/18/2020 | Valerie Bauman Social Affairs Reporter For Dailymail.com
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Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of Americans feel like they have no one to confide in – and 70 percent say they hold back how they really feel when sharing with a friend, partner or co-worker, according to a new survey.

Most (90 percent) of Americans say they downplay their emotions to avoid worrying or stressing out a loved one, according to the survey by OnePoll on behalf of BetterHelp, a web-based counseling service.

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Researchers discovered that young people (age 18-30) are most likely to isolate themselves because they are uncomfortable talking about money, job stress, parents or friends with their significant other.

The health dangers of loneliness are not new. A review of studies conducted back in 1988 identified higher rates of mortality, illness, injury, smoking, obesity and high blood pressure in lonely people, marking social isolation a risk factor for all of the above.

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While the average person has 338 Facebook 'friends,' Americans are only getting lonelier.

Former surgeon general Dr Vivek Murthy wrote in the Harvard Business Review that 'we live in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization, yet rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s.'

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'It’s far more widespread than people believe, and like many illnesses that are related to our mental and psychological state, it gets swept under the rug and exists in the shadows,' he told The Washington Post.

It's not just that loneliness itself is an emotional, societal ill. Holding feelings in can lead to any number of physical and emotional issues, with survey respondents reporting trouble sleeping, bad focus, short...
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