Loneliness Can Be Contagious
While this seems pretty impossible, some data proves it possible. A 10-Year Study done by Psychologist John Cacioppo of The University of Chicago. The study followed exactly 5,100 people, tracking them over the decade to see if they became lonely in some form. They wanted to see if loneliness could spread among others.
After the study concluded, they found that people who indicated that a close friend or family member experienced loneliness were 52% more likely to become lonely themselves. Weird, right? Just because you’re close to a person with this problem, you too can become lonely.
The issue with this is that people with similar personalities, interests, or traits will often be friends. Of course, family members may have mental health issues, thus you as a family member could also have this. Therefore, the problem is not so much that loneliness is contagious.