Loneliness and Shyness

The following articles show that loneliness and shyness are related and that both affect a significant percentage of people worldwide in their personal and work lives. Technology and affluence instead of offering solutions, appear to be contributing to the problem. Clicking on the links under references will take you to their sites and provide some advice for dealing with loneliness and shyness.

According to the 2014-2017 US Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy:

“We live in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization, yet rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s. Today, over 40% of adults in America report feeling lonely, and research suggests that the real number may well be higher. Additionally, the number of people who report having a close confidante in their lives has been declining over the past few decades.”

According to  Steve Bressert, Ph.D. :

40 to 60% of adults report being currently shy. Technology and affluence may increase the level of shyness in our culture, explained in terms of greater social isolation, less practice in face-to-face conversations, and avoidance of awkward, unfamiliar, and spontaneous interactions.

According to Saif Farooqi P.h.D.:

Loneliness and shyness have been found to be associated with each other. An individual with loneliness is likely to suffer from shyness or social anxiety; likewise, an individual with shyness or social anxiety is very likely to experience loneliness.

Saif says:

Loneliness and shyness are serious issues that are quite often ignored. Both can be dealt with if individuals having these problems consciously make some minor, yet significant, alterations in their behavior and thought processes. It also becomes a lot easier for lonely and shy individuals if others, in their surroundings, are more aware, caring, and accepting about such issues, and do not see it as something that is trivial.


Bressert, S. (2016). Facts About Shyness. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 28, 2017, from https://psychcentral.com/lib/facts-about-shyness/

Farooqi, Saif. (2015, October 22). DEALING WITH LONELINESS AND SHYNESS. Life And Psychology. Retrieved on October 29, 2017, from http://www.lifeandpsychology.com/2015/10/dealing-with-loneliness-and-shyness.html

Murthy, Vivek.  (2017 September). H. WORK AND THE LONELINESS EPIDEMIC. Reducing isolation at work is good for business. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved on October 29, 2017, from https://hbr.org/cover-story/2017/09/work-and-the-loneliness-epidemic