Lonely religious people are less depressed than atheists according to study
Lonely religious people feel less isolated than lonely atheists because God substitutes as a friend, a new study has found.
Relationships are key for us humans to feel motivated, connected, and to give us a sense of purpose.
New research by psychologists at the University of Michigan shows that, among those who do feel lonely, those who believe in a religion are less likely to lose the will to live because their faith fills that void.
According to doctoral student Todd Chan, the lead author, God comes to be seen quite literally as a friend.
However, religion was still hardly enough to replace all the qualities that come from human interaction.
‘For the socially disconnected, God may serve as a substitute relationship that compensates for some of the purpose that human relationships would normally provide,’ Chan said.