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Can Loneliness Kill You?

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We all feel lonely sometimes, but are the effects serious? DRAG TRANSFORMATION: https://youtu.be/ytVoblN6qhg Download our podcast on iTunes: https://apple.co/2y5xqI0 Created by: Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown Written by: Rachel Salt, Gregory Brown, and Mitch Moffit Illustrated by: Max Simmons Edited by: Sel Ghebrehiwot FOLLOW US! Instagram and Twitter: @whalewatchmeplz and @mitchellmoffit Clickable: http://bit.ly/16F1jeC and http://bit.ly/15J7ube AsapINSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/asapscience/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/AsapSCIENCE Twitter: http://twitter.com/AsapSCIENCE Tumblr: http://asapscience.tumblr.com SNAPCHAT US 'whalewatchmeplz' and 'pixelmitch' Created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz). Send us stuff! ASAPSCIENCE INC. P.O. Box 93, Toronto P Toronto, ON, M5S2S6 References/Further Reading: https://research.vu.nl/ws/portalfiles/portal/2080758 Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Loneliness in Adults: The Netherlands Twin Register Study https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953612000275 Loneliness, health, and mortality in old age: A national longitudinal study http://heart.bmj.com/content/102/13/1009 Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke: systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal observational studies http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1000316 Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/being-ignored-hurts-even-by-a-stranger.html Being Ignored Hurts, Even by a Stranger https://keelyamuscatell.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/inagaki_muscatell_in-press.pdf Yearning for connection? Loneliness is associated with increased ventral striatum activity to close others https://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/gb-2007-8-9-r189 Social regulation of gene expression in human leukocytes https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/why-is-loneliness-so-toxic/article37734381/ Why is loneliness so toxic? Scientists are exploring what it does to the human body http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/hea-hea0000467.pdf Loneliness Predicts Self-Reported Cold Symptoms After a Viral Challenge https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120402162546.htm How stress influences disease: Study reveals inflammation as the culprit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2841363/ Loneliness and Cortisol: Momentary, Day-to-day, and Trait Associations https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/the-lonely-society The Lonely Society https://guilfordjournals.com/doi/abs/10.1521/suli. Loneliness in Relation to Suicide Ideation and Parasuicide: A Population-Wide Study https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/suicide-crime-loneliness Suicide, a Crime of Loneliness https://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/general/loneliness_2010.pdf Lonliness among Older Adults http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/2012/11/06/jnnp-2012-302755 Feelings of loneliness, but not social isolation, predict dementia onset: results from the Amsterdam Study of the Elderly (AMSTEL) https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/24/loneliness-linked-to-major-life-setbacks-for-millennials-study-says Loneliness linked to major life setbacks for millennials, study say
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demi god3000 (10 hours ago)
Mr.solo dolo
Lil Ecchi (10 hours ago)
sudhanshu pathak (1 day ago)
I used to feel lonely nothing in the world could fill it up. But now it cannot even touch me even if I am in a remotest place of the world I am not lonely. I mastered it.
sudhanshu pathak (1 day ago)
Any body who feels lonely and wants a prescription for loneliness do let me know.
Th3SilentComedy (3 days ago)
Nice jab at Capitalism, bootlickers
Murat Özgün (4 days ago)
My mom and dad divorced when i am baby. I had friends when i am child. But i been shy a little bit for whole my life. With time, lost them all when growing.. I am 25 now, alone for ten years. I am fearing lost my family, because i lived without them for a year is horrible. One day my grandma cried by saying lost of her parents, husband, brothers.. I understand human's fate at this moment. Very painful but we have to reach our destiny.
Wilted Dust Rose (7 days ago)
Introverts beware
Split Rock Valley (8 days ago)
It really hurts when strangers say cruel things to me. Being alone is hard.
Split Rock Valley (4 days ago)
Murat Özgün for sure! God bless you!
Murat Özgün (4 days ago)
Split Rock Valley u are not alone brother. We can be friend
Keyspirits (8 days ago)
Yes it gives u suicidal thoughts but i couldnt bring myself to. But one day ill snap...the pain of loneliness is eating my soul away.
Keyspirits (4 days ago)
Murat Özgün the thing is that i have a speech impediment aka "stutter" so i chose to isolate myself from the outside world and let it control my life for more than 10yrs now. I dont have one friend nor even one living organism to talk to except social medias from time to time. Imagine that life.
Murat Özgün (4 days ago)
Keyspirits i dont know is it same for you. But when i try to get communication with someone, i try to hard but their basic interests and selfishness makes me failed.
yuohpark park (8 days ago)
I don't know why i cry everynight, asking myself why i don't have friends even i am totally a friendly person.
yuohpark park (4 days ago)
But that i always feel. I feel empty. :(
Murat Özgün (4 days ago)
yuohpark park u are not alone, friend.
Ideas Unlimited (9 days ago)
MystiRekt (10 days ago)
Oh cool, look at this gem I found in my recommended. Thanks, internet.
Styx (10 days ago)
wish it would kill me faster.
Nick (11 days ago)
God I hope so.
Maxg 1998 (12 days ago)
How about being single?? That's the lonlinees that kills us. Not really having friends
Ak47 (13 days ago)
better be a loner than getting backstabbed
Firestyle lol (16 days ago)
I try to ignore the feelings of loneliness but it never goes away. I can never fit in no matter how hard I try. Everyday I just wish I was someone else
hamad almansouri (16 days ago)
i hate it when a channel speaks 10% truth and 90% bullshit.
The Flesh (16 days ago)
Well I hope I die. I’m tired of being lonely and sad. I’m too scared to commit suicide. I’ve almost died once by trying to swollen a bunch of pills. I just hate my life! I’ve tried to make so many friends and nothing ever sticks. I’ve always been a loner type since middle school. I honestly hope that my time of going will be soon. I don’t want to suffer any more pain. I’m done crying every night.... what’s even harder is pretending I’m okay and not showing any sights or depression when I’m out with family. Nobody has a clue...it’s not like they care anyway.Nobody has ever really cared about me.... I’ve always felt abandoned...
Captain Coliflower (21 minutes ago)
+The Flesh your welcome m8
The Flesh (8 hours ago)
Murat Özgün Thank you for your kind words.❤️
The Flesh (8 hours ago)
Captain Coliflower That means a lot to me. :,)
Murat Özgün (4 days ago)
The Flesh Dont even do that. We have a life for live. Dont forget every bad feelings has an end but with lesser damage is better. We are friends buddy if we have closer feelings. Hope you find a friend one day.
Captain Coliflower (13 days ago)
m8 you just stole the words out of my mouth (also notice how i said mate? That means i care for u :)
Butterfly's Dilemma (19 days ago)
I've isolated myself from old friends, strangers, and teachers for 6 years, not opening my mouth unless I needed to or I wanted to. I didn't really feel lonely unless I was expecting something I'd never get or I got close enough to someone that I'd start to miss them later on. Two years ago I really tried. And I'm giving up again for a while.
Murat Özgün (4 days ago)
Butterfly's Dilemma never give up try to find someone like you.
Stephen Boyle (19 days ago)
Henlo! Loneliness is a huge issue everywhere, especially on college campuses. I am right now working with a team of talented individuals developing a technological solution to this! We would love any type of support (such as a dropped like on our Facebook page!!). Thank yalls https://www.facebook.com/umiapp/ also follow us on the gram: @umi.app
Zachary Fox 狐智 (20 days ago)
we really need to start living in communities more!
TH3C001 (20 days ago)
"Can loneliness kill you?" At this point I sure hope so.
Danny Gautama (17 days ago)
TH3C001 https://www.hdgh.org/Blog/Never-Give-Up
Jon C (21 days ago)
This video made me miss my friends.
mya the unicorn (21 days ago)
Loneliness can't kill you unless u kill ur self because ur lonely
BABY TIZZLE (23 days ago)
Why did people dislike on this video.
nachure1 (24 days ago)
I tried to make friends but now every single voice I have, and I have a big voice scale, are always arguing.
Selfie Tree (25 days ago)
Simon Liao (26 days ago)
Just here for the comments section.
Stranger ? (26 days ago)
“I’m fine”
MrWillibaldvongluck1 (26 days ago)
What really lets us down is having a rubbish or no family. The happiest people I know have a HUGE extended family - like an army. Of course they'd never admit that, saying things like, "sure you've no one to answer to." Or, "you can be your own man." Well I'd gladly not be so free, if that's the case. There must be a middle ground. My family of origin were the most useless, toxic, people pleasing idiots. Always worrying about others, not looking out for themselves or their offspring. Some would call it virtuous. I call it altruistic cruelty, irresponsible and impractical. Utterly destructive. I will never forgive my parents for bringing me into peasant, poverty-stricken pigshit like this. I can't enjoy hardly anything any more. Stupid, stupid f'in people...
I hafe no friends
Murat Özgün (4 days ago)
The Black hamer Cracker we can be
Melody (26 days ago)
When you’re depressed but you have nobody to talk to cause’ lonely
Henry Oetama (26 days ago)
So....who wants to be my friend ?
Murat Özgün (4 days ago)
Henry Oetama me.
Stud (27 days ago)
shistar SHOOKed (27 days ago)
i’m still alive, so far.
Mustin X. (27 days ago)
Im not dead yet
Uula Diskaveri (27 days ago)
Been lonely since I was 7, depressed since about 14, now at age 25 with lack of exercise and friend. And my asperger sure doesn't help at all. Well, at least I have dog.
felis (27 days ago)
I just drank a cup of coffee with a fly in it.
Luo Bojia (28 days ago)
sweet 👑
The CloutScout (28 days ago)
"So yes, loneliness can increase your chances of death" Don't worry, at the moment I greet death with warm and open arms.
Ty Martin (28 days ago)
If lonelyness can kill you, I would be dead right now
Alexandra Kathleen (28 days ago)
Well, im dead.
Sam M (29 days ago)
Could the common cold test's results (where lonelier people described worse symptoms) be skewed by other factors? Maybe a lonelier person is more likely to exaggerate negative effects of illnesses to gain sympathy, in order to induce an unlonely event from the testers.
Gia Bird (30 days ago)
not only do i have diagnosed depression, and ADD (both in which i take perscription meds for) but everyone in my school hates me. they all are either boys obsessed with fortnice and ali-a cancer, or girla obsessed with lele pons, and jake/logan paul. they all annoy me so much but i try to be nice... i like anime, drawing, cats, and memes. but of course everyone in my school treats me like a disease. and these are like 600+ kids. and im in a small area so thats like almost 1/3 of the state. in the real world that also means the majority of people when im an adult will hate me aswell. and im slowly accepting that ill die alone.. im 13, i shouldnt be thinking this far ahead blahblahblah- but im to impatient to wait until im 20 just so i can think things. im concerned NOW so in the future im not like "dang wish i woulda done that back whem j was little" but when it comes down to it, it doesnt matter because all i do is wake up, go to school and stress myself out for hours, finally come home just to do homework as my siblings play in front of me, go to sleep at about midnight or 2:00am, then restart. thats all life is. its repetitive and im slowly going crazy. its summer now and ive been lying in bed on my ipod daily because i never get a MINUTE of relaxation during the school year.. but my parents are calling me lazy and other words because i wont go outside.. like ive spent 9 AND A HALF MONTHS wanting to die and going to the hell that is school, and i get two and a half months off to just chill and you want me to go in the hot weather? what am i gonna do stare at the cement? ffs. im gonna die having lived a boring lonely life. and all the bratty thots are having the time of their lives begging the teacher for more homework. no joke, we had a huge graphing assingment and like half the class was like "can we have math packets aswell? oh oh! and more worksheets?" and i remember that, those were exact words. and of course the teacher is freakin overjoyed and complies with their dumb requests, but gives the stuff to the whole class. i cant do this anymore. my family loves me but whats that gonna do when theyll be dead in 30-40 years when im an adult and actually gonna be independent. my parents want me to be 'independant' when it comes to chores because "im older now" but think everyone on the internet is a 70 year old rapist, and also wont let me do anything fun. i think its just am excuse to get me to clean the house while they can also still keep me in their sight at all times. idk. im just to scared of the void that is death, so i dont wanna die, yet im bored and annoyed with living. idl what to do. its only been 13 years on this earth i have decades to go. maybe one day ill be less lonely, but i highly doubt it.
Ivy Kaiser (30 days ago)
It’s hard to find someone now a days.
Lia Trevizo (30 days ago)
Well, I'm still here
Martin Bergqvist (1 month ago)
Yes! I love that they said that capitalism kills people! More socialist reform! More interaction and less individualism! All for one and one for all!
Joel Copple (1 month ago)
I had written in January 2018 BBC News reported that loneliness can be the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Greg & Mitch, at the 2:20 point your video narration says the same however, the visual shows a GLARING ERROR. You wrote 15 PACKS! Please revise!
Pink Aj (1 month ago)
Did you guys know that loneliness can kill pets? It happened to my bird make sure to include you’re bird everyday! (Or any other pet )
campervan20 (1 month ago)
Anyone just want a hug
amin niksirat (1 month ago)
At least looks like im not alone at being lonely...
Slime squishies Orbeez (1 month ago)
I am not lonely but after watching this vid I started to doubt myself very deeply...
Matriarch Me (1 month ago)
Anyone thought of mob psycho at 1:11? No? How about DEH at 2:41? No? I’m the only musical anime science nerd here? Ok then...
xXGamerGirlKayleeXx (1 month ago)
forever alone
Mia T (1 month ago)
So now I can stress about being lonely and dying early... yayyyyyy.
Amina Haris (1 month ago)
I like being alone. It makes me feel comfortable rather than being with ppl
Devan Hale (1 month ago)
can it hurry up already?
Shak Attacc (1 month ago)
I would have been dead a looong time ago then.
Santiago Hernandez (1 month ago)
I'm so lonely but so happy, i feel better than when i used to have an active social life.
FellAzzy722 (1 month ago)
Holy sh*t I’m gonna die
Noah Harb (1 month ago)
Loneliness does not kill me. :)
Satarino Kripperino (1 month ago)
David Washington (1 month ago)
Eye contact... What is this, eye contact he speaks of
Jordy R (1 month ago)
I'm lonely and depressed....
Charlie_Gaming (1 month ago)
Guess I’m gonna die
chillmane (1 month ago)
I have no friends and I feel like I'll never have friends. It really sucks because I hate being locked up in my head all the time
MissWeekend (1 month ago)
I was lonley from 7 year old and I still am (im 16)
A huge Dr. Pepper fan (21 days ago)
iki Sure thing! ^////^ 💙
MissWeekend (21 days ago)
A huge Dr. Pepper fan Thanks 💓
A huge Dr. Pepper fan (21 days ago)
iki It's fine hun! If you feel like being open, I'm here for you :3 <3
MissWeekend (21 days ago)
A huge Dr. Pepper fan yeah. I hope so too. Also i didnt know i was writing so awful haha my mistake.
A huge Dr. Pepper fan (21 days ago)
iki Really? Damn... I hope you're situation will soon get better sweetie...
eliana mahooti (1 month ago)
This is why u shud try out Christianity bc Jesus will always be with u
(23 days ago)
And when Allah said, "O Isa, son (of) Maryam! Did you say to the people, "Take me and my mother (as) two gods besides Allah?" He said, "Glory be to You! Not was for me that I say what not I (had) right. If I had said it, then surely You would have known it. You know what (is) in myself, and not I know what (is) in Yourself. Indeed, You, You (are) All-Knower (of) the unseen. -- 5:116
Goku Godly (26 days ago)
John Smith Yeah so many righteous are singles in heaven the Jesus said there no is marriage in heave till new earth
Hulk Sadi (1 month ago)
Im still alive n healthy😈its depend on thinking n feelings of a person,if a person feels dipression n sadness=death,if a person feels freedom peace n calm=alive n healthy😈untill if a person starts feeling sad n dipress.
Brett Pulley (1 month ago)
Tried the eye contact thing, woman accused me of raping her with my eyes.
Westile (1 month ago)
If it doesn't then I'll just finish the job.
Jo Reddick (1 month ago)
So, in summary, you're answer to "does loneliness kill you?" is...Capitalism is bad.. What a moron..
Onyx Narwhal (1 month ago)
Mentally yes
Kmercy2002 (1 month ago)
If ur lonely and need a friend I’m here. Follow me on insta ky_ky002 and dm me ur number 🙂
mr mistour (1 month ago)
I'm lonely because I'm picky about who I talk to, I'm so tired of dealing with assholes who use you and I'm tired of dealing with stupid people, I'd like to make friends but I just don't like most people, including myself alot of the time
Thicc Dogo123 (1 month ago)
I’m still alive so...
xXAlpha JessXx (1 month ago)
I like loneliness
Shienna Decasa (1 month ago)
"...making loneliness as deadly of a risk factor as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, lack of exercise and obesity." I lack exercise, obese and lonely. Where does this put me in the "dying" scale?
Heruo Light (17 days ago)
Shienna Decasa very close.
Trick Shot Kings (1 month ago)
Yup just give people some disease to them yes yes
187 11 (1 month ago)
I'm lonely
Bryant Collins (1 month ago)
Oh god I'm going to die...
Nate Hall (1 month ago)
this episode of asapscience has been brought you by vore 1:11
Bacon Hair (1 month ago)
i cried Because of the song annd not the vid. Thanks, ASAP science.
6OMEZ (1 month ago)
I was never there ..
Ian Whylly (1 month ago)
Hasnt killed me yet☹
kenau (1 month ago)
Sure is killing me.
D D (1 month ago)
Why has no one quoted ... baby one more time yet?
giorgi choxonelidze (1 month ago)
We are lonley because we are not with love with god amd that is the reason of life to find god an not be lonley
Seren Whiteside (1 month ago)
I'm gonna DIE!!! 😭
Mousa Habibeh (1 month ago)
I feel happy when I'm alone :p
ExplodingGarbage (1 month ago)
_I've tested it, nothing happens if you're lonely_
Atiana Retarded (1 month ago)
I feel bad for my sister.
CALL ME DARWIN MJ (1 month ago)
Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb In the shape of an "L" on her forehead Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running Didn't make sense not to live for fun Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb So much to do, so much to see So what's wrong with taking the back streets? You'll never know if you don't go You'll never shine if you don't glow Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play Hey now, you're a rock star, get the show on, get paid And all that glitters is gold Only shooting stars break the mold It's a cool place and they say it gets colder You're bundled up now, wait till you get older But the meteor men beg to differ Judging by the hole in the satellite picture The ice we skate is getting pretty thin The water's getting warm so you might as well swim My world's on fire, how about yours? That's the way I like it and I never get bored Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play Hey now, you're a rock star, get the show on, get paid All that glitters is gold Only shooting stars break the mold Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play Hey now, you're a rock star, get the show, on get paid And all that glitters is gold Only shooting stars Somebody once asked could I spare some change for gas? I need to get myself away from this place I said yep what a concept I could use a little fuel myself And we could all use a little change Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running Didn't make sense not to live for fun Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb So much to do, so much to see So what's wrong with taking the back streets? You'll never know if you don't go (go!) You'll never shine if you don't glow Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play Hey now, you're a rock star, get the show on, get paid And all that glitters is gold Only shooting stars break the mold And all that glitters is gold Only shooting stars break the mold
Crystal Loera (1 month ago)
At least I'll be put out of my misery sooner.
FemaleIntrovert (1 month ago)
Even introverts get lonely at times.
i am watching this video after a 5 year gaming session of LOL... crap
Nadav Guy (1 month ago)
jokes on you im already dead inside
coda soda (1 month ago)
I took and age test i die in 2077 apparently
Ian Kim (1 month ago)
0:29 I thought a bug crawled down my screen.
Jade Martin (1 month ago)
I’m lonely but I also hate most people. Guess I’ll just die.

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