Social loneliness stems from an absence of a social network. People with an active social life rarely suffer social loneliness. Others, for various reasons such as being shy, a workaholic, or new to an area, do not have a social network in place.
Everyone needs people for "hanging out." People who are describing social loneliness refer to feelings of boredom, restlessness, and feeling left out.
Emotional loneliness comes from the absence of a close emotional relationship. Although even one close relationship can cure emotional loneliness for many, that close relationship is much harder to build than a social network.
Even the most socially active person can suffer from this type of loneliness when his/her social network is comprised of superficial acquaintances. People who are describing this type of loneliness speak of feelings of anxiety and emptiness.
Spouses and Significant Others
Of course, one person can not make a social network. But you need at least one friend as a confidant. That can certainly be your spouse but it often is not. And, of course, many seniors do not have a spouse or a significant other.
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