Why Do I Feel Lonely? The Causes of Loneliness
There are two key aspects that studies have shown, why people feel lonely -
- You might be unlucky enough to have a genetic predisposition to loneliness.
- Controlling factors in your environment can have a powerful impact on whether you remain lonely.
4 Reasons You Feel Lonely Even Though You Have Friends
• Your social circle is about quantity over quality.
Perhaps you have plenty of people who’ll go out with you or have a laugh with you, but very few who feel very close to you.
• You’re naturally introverted.
If you’re an introvert, you might not do much to connect with your friends… especially when you’re in a big group. Although sitting quietly is quite natural for an introvert, it can also be lonely.
• You’re highly defended.
If you’ve been hurt in the past or just aren’t sure about letting people in, you might not let your friends really know you. And if you don’t show them your authentic self, they can’t give you the validation that can remedy loneliness.
• You spend too much time on social networks.
Finally, if you constantly compare your life to those you see online, you’re bound to feel lonely and dissatisfied. Everyone puts an idealized form of themselves on social media, leaving others feeling like they’re not really happy in comparison.
Overcoming loneliness requires thought and effort, but it is certainly possible. Whether you consistently feel depressed, you’re trying to overcome the loneliness of being single or you don’t quite know why you feel lost at the moment.