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  • Hey there, welcome to Life Noggin.

  • I've been alone in my house for days now.

  • Triangle Bob got stuck in a well.

  • Circlia is saving the world from aliens.

  • And Ronbus is out inventing the perfect chicken nugget.

  • Being alone for this long got me thinking...

  • What if you were locked away with no one else around?

  • What if you were alone forever?

  • Oh...Hey GingerPale!

  • What are you doing here?

  • I heard you were doing a video on being alone, and thought you might need an expert!

  • Well, ok, I just now realized how sad that sounds, so never mind.

  • I should go

  • No No No!

  • Stay!

  • What better way to talk about being alone then to have a great friend join me!

  • That made more sense in my head.

  • DID YOU JUST CALL ME A GREAT FRIEND!?

  • Being around other people has a lot of benefits - from increased levels of happiness to a longer lifespan.

  • Plus, friends tell you when you've got food stuck in your teeth, which is definitely an added bonus.

  • But when you're stuck somewhere with literally no other people around, chaos ensues.

  • It's um...

  • It's not fun.

  • One infamous study on the effects of solitary confinement was conducted in the 1950s by a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin.

  • He took monkeys and locked each of them away inside their own chamber and the results were disturbing to say the least.

  • The researcher began to see negative effects in just a few days and at times, even found the monkeys rocking back and forth, mutilating their own bodies, or staring off into space.

  • And if you're likeGingerPale, that sounds awful and mean, we probably shouldn't do that ever againWell I agree!

  • Let's just be nice! Ya know?

  • Let's not bully monkeys!

  • For obvious reasons, experiments like these are almost never carried out with humans.

  • But researchers can sometimes study prisoners in solitary confinement to get some answers as to what this type of isolation does to a person.

  • At least one study found that when people are locked away from the outside world, they can lose almost all control over their behaviors and even their thoughts.

  • Their cognitive function begins to decline, EEG activity drops, and anxiety skyrockets.

  • Causing paranoia, extreme anger, panic attacks and a whole list of other things.

  • Unsurprisingly, suicide and self-harm rates amongst people trapped in a cage with no contact to the outside world are incredibly high.

  • One study found that 73% of all suicides in California prisons occurred in solitary isolation.

  • Even though that population accounted for less than 10% of all California prisoners.

  • Hallucinations are also known to affect people in solitary confinement.

  • This phenomenon can cause people to see or hear things that aren't there.

  • These experiences are the result of abnormal brain activity that cause a lapse in someone's ability to perceive things for what they really are.

  • In situations of extreme isolation, they can occur because people aren't regularly exercising their ability to see, understand and perceive real things from the outside world.

  • Also why is that Giant coffee mug staring at me?

  • ....Anyway, the problems caused by being completely alone aren't just psychological.

  • Studies have found this type of isolation can cause all kinds of bodily harm too - like heart problems, muscle pain, digestive issues, major weight loss, and loss of appetite.

  • How long someone can survive or stay sane in these scenarios totally depends on the person.

  • The longest anyone in the US has been kept in solitary confinement and away from the outside world is 43 years.

  • He did have one hour a day in a metal cage outside, but he was still completely alone and shackled.

  • If someone has a mental illness, complete isolation can be especially harmful.

  • The DOJ, UN, and numerous other organizations all agree with this.

  • But studies have found that, for anyone, even just a few days in social isolation can cause long-term mental damage.

  • These practices are considered inhumane and very controversial.

  • On second thought I think I just like staying in my basement alone sometimes.

  • Nothing bad can happen to me there.

  • NO NO NO NO NOT AGAIN!

  • NO!

  • Boy i'm sure glad we got to hangout!

  • Right GingerPale!?

  • Gingerpale!?

  • Huh!?

  • Not really sure where he went, but let us know what you'd like to see us talk about next!

  • Thank you to Gingerpale for coming over to my world!

  • Don't forget to head over to his amazing channel and watch the video I did with him over in his world!

  • He makes beautiful animated videos that you have to check out!

  • As always my name is Blocko, this has been Life Noggin, don't forget to keep on thinking!

Hey there, welcome to Life Noggin.

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What Would Happen If You Were Alone Forever? ft. GingerPale

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    Judy Huang posted on 2019/03/10
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