Department of Psychology

Lonely people stand farther from loved ones, study finds

A new study from the University of Chicago found that people who report feeling lonely also say they sit or stand physically farther away from close friends and family. Their “personal space” for intimate partners is larger than those who report less loneliness, even when adjusted for marital status and other factors such as gender, anxiety and depression. In two experiments, published Sept. 6 in PLOS ONE , the researchers surveyed nearly 600 U.S.-based men and women on how far they preferred to...