Loneliness is often referred to as one of the main problems of modern humans. The dominance of the Internet in all spheres of life, the pandemic and forced isolation, an acceleration of the pace of life, a decline in the number of social contacts - all this leads to more and more people feeling lonely each day. At the same time, it is important to understand that you can feel lonely even when you are among people, it’s not the same as being physically alone.
These days, scientists characterize the concept of loneliness as a feeling of disconnection from the outside world, lack of significant emotional relationships with others. The reaction to the growing feeling of loneliness is different for every person but often manifests itself in the form of acute emotional reactions (including painful experiences, anxiety, depression, depersonalization, hallucinations), changes in consciousness and self-awareness, and personal characteristics of an individual.
How to measure loneliness?
The UCLA Loneliness Scale is the most widely used technique for diagnosing a person's subjective feelings of loneliness and social isolation.
There are three variations of the UCLA Loneliness Scale (1978, 1980, and 1996). We offer you the last version of 1996 - UCLA Version 3, which is the most adapted for modern people.
You will be offered 20 statements, evaluate how often each of the statements below is descriptive of you. Note this test is intended strictly for informational, educational and entertainment purposes; its results cannot replace the real help of a specialist and should not be used for making any decision.
1. How often do you feel that you are "in tune" with the people around you?
2. How often do you feel that you lack companionship?
3. How often do you feel that there is no one you can turn to?
4. How often do you feel alone?
5. How often do you feel part of a group of friends?
6. How often do you feel that you have a lot in common with the people around you?
7. How often do you feel that you are no longer close to anyone?
8. How often do you feel that your interests and ideas are not shared by those around you?