Solitude: Research shows adults and teens in the UK get a better experience from quarantine

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Although there is no positive side to the pandemic, man has been able to draw lessons and improvements from everything, and with quarantine and enforcement. lockdown Events will be no different. A new study by the University of Reading in England proves that teens and adults were able to benefit primarily from the loneliness they experienced during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The study involved 2,000 people of all ages, including young people between the ages of 13 and 16.

Bike riding was a way to get in touch with nature © Getty Images

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Although some participants reported feelings of deteriorating mood and in general, a good portion said that loneliness brings with it a sense of competence and autonomy. 43% noted that being alone or alone was more likely to improve skills as well as invest in developing bonding and self-confidence, especially among adults and older participants. If teens were more likely to feel alienated because of lack of interaction with friends – one in seven, or about 14.8%, twice the rate among adults –, then older people had higher rates of bad mood or malaise.

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Adolescents also reported improvement; Dog walking was a quarantine habit © Wikimedia Commons

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“Our study shows that aspects of loneliness are recognized at all ages and have benefits for our well-being,” says study leader Dr. Netta Weinstein, associate professor of psychology at the University of Reading. “Traditional wisdom is that adolescents typically perceive the COVID-19 pandemic as a negative experience, but we see in our study how the components of loneliness can be positive. We know that many people have reconnected with hobbies and interests, or expanded their appreciation for nature through hiking or cycling,” he said. More intense and regular physical exercise was another example pointed out by research.

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Reading daily was one of the most cited quarantine habits © Getty Images

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The study was done in the UK, and published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology with title What Time Alone Offers: Narratives of Solitude from Adolescence to Old Age (What solitude time offers us: Narratives of loneliness from adolescence to adulthood, in free translation). The survey was done through a series of interviews, from which results and information were drawn. However, the study authors reiterate that the research focused on a quarantine phase during the middle of last year, and recommend that new surveys be conducted on this topic, to determine any variation on sensations, as well as Potentially worsening situation as well. With the passage of time and the intensity of the epidemic.

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Physical exercise was also one of the most commonly mentioned habits © PxHere

About the author: Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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