We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Readers know that I am highly-skeptical of all reports of studies.
Everybody remembers being told, by the scientists, not to eat eggs and red meat. Of course, now that is all known to be bogus. Unless you do manual labor or are significantly underweight, there is no reason to eat grains or cereals for breakfast except for fun. Oats and cholesterol? All now known to be bogus too. And real butter is good for you.
Just one reason I distrust reports has to do with data-mining. I was once involved with a medical study which applied data-mining to a large amount of data. Inevitably, we found some correlations which passed the t-test. That's not science, but academics get papers published that way and papers can lead to grants and tenure.
Is social isolation a good or bad thing? It seems to me to depend on the reason for it. Many people do not enjoy a social life while many suffer from loneliness. It's probably a bell curve, like most things.
Why do all these "scientists" and sociologists view introverts as mentally ill? There is a mile-wide chasm between living alone and lonely. Good grief. (Unless there's a grant I can get to live in a commune, then I'm all ears).