Does Population Or Space Determine Loneliness?
Based on the numbers from Europe and Asia, you’d imagine we could point to one thing that differs from the United States in all of them. While we cannot point to one thing, we can point to two different things that affect them that could impact why Americans have a higher rate of loneliness. That’s Space & Population.
Looking at Europe, their population is not exactly small nor massive. In fact, there’s a lot of space in Europe. Therefore, being alone or isolated from others is not abnormal. It’s relatively expected. In the United Kingdom, both are at play. Some live in heavily populated cities like London while others live outside of major cities entirely. One is used to a lot of people and the other is not, so they cannot report feeling lonely as often. They live in places that best fit them or they merely adapt to it.
On top of this, 40% of Hungarians and Greeks socialize with friends or family one time a month or less. Yet only 35% of those from Lithuania, Estonia, and Poland do this. However, only 8% of people from Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands meet with friends or family one time per month or less! Around 75 million Europeans are socially isolated, so they can easily handle being alone without the loneliness feeling.