THE MISUSE AND ABUSE OF THE WORDS LONELY AND ALONE

I read today about a new study that identified life stages when adults in America are most vulnerable to bouts of loneliness:
in our late 20s,
mid 50s,
and late 80s.
The study said loneliness is associated with everything bad, such as poor mental health,
substance abuse, other abuse, malnutrition and so on.
Is it just me or did this study along with what many other do,
misuse the word lonely?
In my opinion,
LONELY simply means
you miss someone, a companion,
a spouse, a family member,
a good friend.
ALONE means
you stand by yourself,
without connection to anyone.
It’s just my opinion
but these two words are
terribly misused
and abused.

4 thoughts on “THE MISUSE AND ABUSE OF THE WORDS LONELY AND ALONE

  1. They often are misused, and definitely misinterpreted.
    I am often alone. I like to be alone. I am happy to be alone. I strive to be alone, BUT I am not lonely!
    Furthermore, it is often the case that people can be extremely lonely, even when surrounded by lots of other people. Prime examples: students living in halls of residence, soldiers living in barracks.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Excellent points Chuck. I agree with you. I enjoy my alone time very much. I need it or the stress can seep in and cause problems. But, that loneliness feeling? I’ve felt it more often when I am ‘with’ people, for a variable of reasons.

    I think it’s important to know these things.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s