When it comes to popular life mottos, FOGO (Fear of Going Out) has steadily been taking over FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Blame Netflix. Blame being sick of peoples’ overexposed lives on social media.
Whatever it is, having absolutely no plans to interact with other humans is now where it’s at. Yet, findings from 23 studies pooled together in the cardiology journal Heart may make you rethink your homebody ways.
The scientists found that social isolation and loneliness are tied to an increased risk for heart attack, angina, or death from heart disease by 29%, and risk for stroke by 32% for both men and women.
Data from 181,006 participants over 18 years old were included in the observational studies. Eighteen papers looked at social isolation, three measured loneliness, and two included both factors.
Questionnaires were used to determine subjects’ levels of loneliness and social isolation, then compared with medical records indicating stroke and coronary events.