What is social isolation?
Written by: No Isolation Last updated: June 5, 2020 Social isolation is a term often used interchangeably with loneliness, but while the two are closely related, they do not necessarily mean the same thing. You can be lonely in a crowd, but you will not be socially isolated. Isolation has been defined as an objective state whereby the number of contacts a person has can be counted, whereas loneliness is a subjective experience. While the terms may have slightly different meanings, both can be painful experiences and have a harmful impact on the individual. Social isolation describes the absence of social contact and can lead to loneliness. There are many contributing factors to social isolation. Some may be physically able to go out and meet people but are inhibited from doing so by factors such as depression, social adversity, becoming a carer for a loved one, or bereavement.
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