Loneliness has been linked to many physical and mental health problems.
Below is a number of resources about various secular countries and loneliness within their societies.
Secular countries and loneliness
Compared to deeply religious cultures where an extended family and a sense of community often exists, secular countries are often lonelier societies (see articles listed below). In addition, numerous studies and other data indicate that atheists have lower emotional intelligence and lower social skills (see: Atheiam and emotional intelligence and Atheiam and social skills).
Indian anthropologist's commentary on lonelineness in atheistic Denmark
In 2005, Denmark was ranked the third most atheistic country in the world and the website adherents.com reported that in 2005 43 - 80% of Danes are agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God. Denmark has the highest rate of belief in evolution in the Western World.
In 1993, Reuters reported:
|“|| Indian anthropologist Prakash Reddy has turned the tables on Western colleagues who put Third World cultures under the microscope.
Reddy, of Sri Venkateswara University at Tirupati in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, spent four months in the village of Hvilsager--population 104--on Denmark's Jutland peninsula.
His study, published in book form in English under the title "Danes are like that!" expresses dismay at the loneliness he found and the hope that India would not have to pay the same price for prosperity.
"The most fundamental question that should bother every social scientist in the East is: Is there no way of achieving development without sacrificing the human values and the way of life cherished by homo sapiens?" he asked....
Reddy said he found a neat and tidy, cozy little society, stiff, rigid and seemingly full of practical, down-to-earth but lonely people, isolated from each other and lacking much sense of religion.
Compared to the teeming villages of India, the Danish hamlet seemed deserted and closed. To an Indian, accustomed to constant close contact in an extended family and community, Danish life was cold if not nonexistent, Reddy said.
"Coming from an Indian village, I was used to seeing people in the streets . . . but here in Denmark not a single soul was sighted and, except for the sound of a passing automobile, absolute silence prevailed," Reddy wrote.
- Multiple references:
- Gammon, Katherine (March 2, 2012). "Why loneliness can be deadly". Live Science website.
- Booth, Robert (October 12, 2014). "Number of severely lonely men over 50 set to rise to 1m in 15 years", The Guardian.
- India Anthropologist Finds Denmark Wanting : Research: He laments the loneliness and lack of human values in remote village and asks if prosperity can be achieved without such sacrifices, LA Times archives, June 20, 1993, CHRISTOPHER FOLLETT, REUTERS
- Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
- Photo: Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds
- India Anthropologist Finds Denmark Wanting : Research: He laments the loneliness and lack of human values in remote village and asks if prosperity can be achieved without such sacrifices, LA Times archives, June 20, 1993|CHRISTOPHER FOLLETT | REUTERS