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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Aussies suffering from loneliness

MARRIAGE benefits men more than women and single men are lonelier than single women, according to a survey.

The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, which covered 2000 people and focused on the link between wellbeing and loneliness and money and debt, found that loneliness is a significant problem among Australians.

It said the wellbeing loss associated with loneliness is most pronounced for males but that people who live with partners are the least lonely.

It said men who never married, were separated or widowed are significantly lonelier than females in the same circumstances.

"Curiously, however, married and de facto females record higher levels of loneliness than married or de facto men,'' the report said.

"In this respect, therefore, marriage benefits males more than females''.

The report said just over 30 per cent of respondents recorded their level of loneliness at or above the average score of 40 which indicated an average loss of wellbeing.

On the money side, men from households which earn less than $60,000 are significantly lonelier than men with a household income of $100,000 to $250,000. 

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