Bioscience

Loneliness, Poor Health Appear to be Linked

June 18, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: UA News] – Hoarding friends on Facebook – or followers on Twitter – won’t do much to stave off loneliness if those relationships lack any kind of strong connection, new research finds.

Two newly published University of Arizona studies suggest that superficial relationships can not only result in feelings of detachment, but also contribute to certain health-related problems.

“There is an association between social networks and health but the precise mechanism is not understood,” said Stacey Passalacqua, who recently earned her UA doctorate in interpersonal and health communication with a minor in psychology. 

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