Being lonely is a result of psychological and emotional isolation, whereas being alone is a choice to be physically alone. People often say “please leave me alone” rather than “leave me lonely” after a dispute or intense debate. They mean “let me alone” when they say “leave me alone.” In the worst-case situation, due to unforeseen circumstances, “being alone” can turn into “being lonely.”

Even when surrounded by other classmates, a child in a new school can feel lonely. This could continue until the child meets new friends at school. Even at a pleasant event, a person who has recently lost someone may feel lonely. Even a family may feel lonely in an unfamiliar environment unless they create a rapport and transaction with the neighbours.

When other members of her/his family fail to comprehend her/his expected reciprocation and treatment, even a member of her/his own family may feel lonely. Personal space and freedom are two motivating factors for millennials to choose to be alone. People prefer being alone because they have complete control over their lives. They frequently choose to be alone in order to avoid excessive human intrusion.

People, on the other hand, become lonely due to a lack of comfortable company and human interaction. As a result, they yearn for human interaction and companionship.

Living alone makes people more self-reliant and confident than they have ever been. Those who choose to live alone engage in beneficial activities such as pursuing their passions or honing their abilities. Baking, playing the piano, or playing the guitar are just a handful of the hobbies-to-passion activities. This leaves little time for complaining or being pessimistic.

Loneliness, on the other hand, instils negative attitudes and can even kill one’s desire to live. Loneliness can lead to stress, marital problems, health problems, and depression, all of which can be fatal in extreme circumstances.

Staying alone is just physical separation, whether we choose it or circumstances force us to. We enjoy ‘being alone’ because we choose to do so. Staying alone, if not by choice, can lead to loneliness. In such situations, how we adapt to “being alone” has a significant impact on loneliness. It is up to us whether we use this occasion to test our independence or succumb to loneliness.

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