Which Is Worse, Being Lonely or Just Being Alone?

Movie star Greta Garbo was famous for saying, “I want to be let alone,” but new research suggests that’s a rotten philosophy to follow if you want to live longer. A British study of 6,500 older adults finds that social isolation, even more than loneliness, may increase an older person’s risk of early death. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers at University College London knew from previous studies that both isolation …