Income Plays A Role Too
The 2020 Cigna Study produced a lot of interesting information. They found that income plays a role in whether or not one feels lonely. It seems odd that income would play such a role, however, it doesn’t when you open up reasoning. When one has income to burn, they can do a lot more things to limit loneliness. They can afford to take vacations, go out with friends, etc.
Cigna found that people with incomes of $25,000 or less per year were 7.2% higher in loneliness compared to those with $125,000 per year incomes or greater. This broke down to 50.3% versus 43.3% among those that cited being lonely in the study. Therefore, it tracks that lack of income will affect people due to poor income preventing a lot of social activity.
If we switched two people here, one who was of poorer income and lonely versus one with higher income and not lonely…we’d also see a change. The person with usually higher income would come to know the struggles of the lower-income person more. They’d easily suffer social isolation more often. Now that a person who usually does not have money actually has it, they can do things to limit their loneliness. Therefore, income most certainly must play a role in it.