Illustration: Mikey Burton
In the late 1970s, researchers at UCLA created a Loneliness Scale, which is now the most widely used measure of a person's relative degree of isolation. With the help of one of the scale's original creators, we've ranked situations (from least to most severe) that can leave you feeling disconnected.
Home Alone on a Friday Night
Unless you were hoping for a quiet evening in, this can be a bummer, eliciting a mild form of situational loneliness—a type of longing that typically passes quickly, says loneliness expert Louise Hawkley, PhD, a senior research scientist at NORC
, a public interest nonprofit.