Combatting Loneliness Through Networking
John Cacioppo, the psychologist who completed the University of Chicago study found that loneliness can have dire effects on an individual’s physical health. Loneliness can affect the hardening of the arteries, memory, and even lead to high blood pressure. Read more about Cacioppo’s study here.
The question, then, becomes how it might be possible to avoid loneliness? The answer, for me, is networking. Networking is the universal loneliness combatant. You can network if you have a job or if you’re searching for a job, if you’re single or attached, if you’re new in town or have lived somewhere your entire life. You can always meet someone new, you can always network to expand your career and your circle of friends. Networking is always there. And if loneliness can cause hardening of the arteries, I think it’s safe to say that networking, adding to your circle, etc. will have the opposite effect. So the next time you’re lonely, get online and search for that next networking event in your city. It might just make you healthier!