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(photo credit: Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies)
Isolation is a psychological state characterized by feeling distant and removed
from others, along with a strong desire to connect with people. A person’s need
for human companionship and social activity are key factors that influence
happiness and satisfaction.
The 2009 Social Survey of the Central Bureau
of Statistics asked respondents if and how often they had felt lonely in the
The results indicate that Jerusalemites feel less lonely than the
residents of other major cities in Israel. Fifty-five percent of Jerusalemites
reported that they never feel lonely, as compared with 37% of Tel Aviv’s
residents, 50% of Haifa’s residents and 44% of Ashdod’s residents.
flip side, the percentage of respondents who reported feeling lonely often was
about the same across these four cities, ranging between 7% and
Feelings of isolation are more common among seniors than young
adults. Nearly 25% of seniors in Israel reported that they often felt lonely,
compared with 6% of respondents between the ages of 20 and 39.
demonstrates a clear negative link between feelings of isolation and
religiosity. Some 72% of haredi respondents reported never experiencing feelings
of isolation, compared with 50% of national-religious individuals and 45% of
The fact that haredim are less affected by feelings of
isolation might be explained by their communal lifestyle and the fact that they
tend to have larger families.
The survey results show a clear gender gap.
About 10% of women reported that they often felt lonely, compared with 7% of
men. Furthermore, 41% of women reported never to have experienced feelings of
isolation, compared with 54% of men.www.jiis.org