There’s that old saying that goes, “No man is an island.” Humans do need social interaction to thrive and one man decided to prove through a simple experiment called, The Loneliness Project, that being lonely can be lethal.
The one-week challenge was taken by a man named Joe who spent a week in isolation, which means no access to social media. The aim of the study is to find out how the older community suffers from loneliness and how their solo life affects their well-being.
This man took on the challenge of living alone with no contact to the outside world for a week.
The organization said of their study:
“And that’s why we’ve made this film. To show as many people as possible the impact of loneliness and isolation – but also how easy the solution can be.
And how we can all be part of that solution. Because loneliness is everyone’s business.
Nobody should be lonely in older age. We believe that loneliness is not inevitable. People of all ages need connections that matter.”
After a week, Joe realizes how unbearable it is to live alone without anyone to talk to, not even on the phone.
The experiment was documented which you can see from the video below. Joe was locked alone for a week in a home without any phone, tablet or computer to use to connect to social media. He wasn’t allowed to leave the house and as you can see, he struggled so much to fight the loneliness.
After a devastating week of isolation, which almost drove Joe nuts, he was able to meet a neighbor named Barry, 84, who has been living alone since his wife Christine died in 2015. The old bloke shared his experience:
“Loneliness is like grief; it’s suffocating. After my beloved wife Christine suddenly died, I felt only half alive. I felt paralyzed by loneliness.
By talking more about it, we can break down the stigma that prevents many older people from being open about loneliness.
The human need for friendship and support does not go away with age; it actually increases. Whether we are 24 or 84, we all need connections that matter.”
A kind of depression is being experienced by Barry who has been living alone for almost three years now.
In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that there are 1.2 million suffering from chronic loneliness. And according to studies, these people are prone to effects similar to those caused by obesity or high blood pressure.
Watch Joe take on the challenge of living alone and see what loneliness did to him.
Identical Mom and Daughter Bash Car Festival for Banning Bikini Contest and Strip Shows
They’re “very disappointed” that Summernats car festival has become family-friendly this year.
Ever heard of Summernats? In case you haven't, well its an annual car festival that's being held in Canberra, Australia since 1987. It's actually the biggest of its kind and car enthusiasts in the country look forward to the event every year.
It has, however, made a name for itself as one of the most controversial shows due to reports of violence and allegations of sexual harassment involving some of the generally-male spectators. Now the organizers are hoping to change that after promoting the 2018 event as more family-friendly. For this year, they've banned bikini competitions and strip shows.
And not everyone is happy about it. In fact, some have criticized the festival for the move.
Identical-looking mother and daughter Natalie (left) and Jazmyne Wardell (right) described Summernats 2018 as 'very disappointing'.
Daring Brides Can Wear This “N**e” Wedding Jumpsuit On Their Big Day
Definitely not for the demure bride.
Gone are the days that all brides dream of a flowing white dress to wear on their big day. Right now, women are more open to alternative styles for their wedding and there are SO many options, from colored gowns to short dresses. There are brides who got hitched wearing black ballgowns. There are even some who got married wearing just their bikinis...remember Pamela Anderson on her beach wedding to Tommy Lee? Go on, Google it.
Now if you're a girl who wants to be really comfortable on her big day, you can chuck the gown and wear a jumpsuit, just like this one right here. You may think that a jumpsuit is such a boring and unsexy thing to wear for your wedding day.
But this is no ordinary wedding jumpsuit...
Actress Cristina Pedroche donned this daring jumpsuit on New Year's Eve and this is definitely not for the demure bride. Created by Spanish bridal label Pronovias, the jumpsuit has long sleeves and tight bottoms. It's more like a lace catsuit. ...
104-Year-Old Woman’s Secret to Long Life Is a Can of Diet Coke Every Day
Do you believe in her key to longevity?
Just recently, Theresa Rowley, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, celebrated her 104th birthday. The longterm resident of the Sentinel Pointe Retirement Community celebrated in style with a cake and with other members of her retirement community present. Reaching the age of 104 is a milestone for Rowley indeed. What's her secret to living a long life, you ask? Well, she swears by a can of Diet Coke every day.
While Rowley's drink of choice may raise some eyebrows and alarm the health-obsessed, the elderly woman believes the diet soda has contributed to her longevity. Rowley didn't start drinking Diet Coke every day until her latter years, as the drink was not introduced to the market until 1982. She was 68 years old then.
Rowley reportedly drinks at least one Diet coke a day.
She told WZZM: ...