Study finds that lonely people are more likely to believe in God.
People who feel lonely are more likely to believe in the supernatural, whether that is God, angels or miracles, a new study finds.
Humans have evolved as social creatures, so loneliness cuts to the quick. Living in groups was critical to the survival and safety of our ancient ancestors, and “complete isolation or ostracism has been tantamount to a death sentence,” said University of Chicago researcher Nicholas Epley, who led the study.
While group living isn’t critical to survival in the modern world, feeling socially connected is. Feeling isolated and lonely is a very painful emotional state for people, Epley said, and can lead to ill health, both physically and mentally.