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Loneliness causes more stress than credit card debt

Loneliness is the biggest cause of stress for singles, with more people worrying about their solo status than by credit card debt, work pressures and global financial crisis.

Loneliness causes more stress than credit card debt Sad and lonely  –   © istockphoto

In the survey of 500 people by Parship.co.uk, half (51%) of Britain’s 13 million singles said that their main source of stress was loneliness and the prospect of never meeting someone to share their life with. In fact, an average of 28 nights of sleep per year is lost through worry about loneliness.

By comparison, only one fifth (18%) of singles, cited financial problems, including credit card debt, as a cause of stress, and the same percentage put blame on work pressures. Only 7% mentioned family problems, and 3% illness.

Dr Victoria Lukats, psychiatrist and Parship.co.uk’s relationship and dating expert, commented:

“People are more likely to associate stress and its symptoms with debt and work pressures. However, the figures speak for themselves. Whilst many people see being single as a positive choice statistics show that the majority – 60% of UK singles - would prefer to be in a relationship and are looking for that special person to share their life with. Scientific studies have shown that married men live longer than their single counterparts. This may be in part due to lower stress levels and the comfort that being in a long-term relationship can bring. In addition, people who have sex at least twice a week have also been shown to live longer, once again highlighting the benefits of being in a relationship.” “Unfortunately it’s more headline-grabbing to say ‘£1 billion worth of debt is causing misery for thousands’ when in fact loneliness is causing misery for six million singles.”

Global warming failed to register as a cause for stress amongst the 500 people surveyed.

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