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3 Minute Loneliness Test

Based on the work of Dr. Daniel Russell

Loneliness is associated with increased rates of depression and is a growing public health concern. A recent scientific study by Kavita Chawla and colleagues found that as much as 28.5% of the population was lonely across 29 countries. The following test will assess your level of loneliness.

Instructions: Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who score high on loneliness. Please read each question carefully and indicate whether it applies to you or not.

Your privacy is protected. All results are anonymous.

Question 1 of 10

My interests and ideas are not shared by those around me.


The IDRlabs 3 Minute Loneliness Test (IDR-3MLT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-3MLT is based on the work of Dr. Daniel Russell, who created the UCLA Loneliness Scale (version 3). The IDR-3MLT is not associated with any specific researchers in the fields of social psychology and personality psychology or from any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs 3 Minute Loneliness Test was informed by the UCLA Loneliness Scale’s criteria for feeling disconnected from others, as published in Russell, D. W. (1996). UCLA Loneliness Scale (Version 3): Reliability, validity, and factor structure. Journal of Personality Assessment, 66(1), 20-40. Russell, D., Cutrona, C. E., Rose, J., & Yurko, K. (1984). Social and emotional loneliness: an examination of Weiss’s typology of loneliness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 46(6), 1313-1321. Russell, D, Peplau, L. A., & Cutrona, C. E. (1980). The Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale: Concurrent and discriminate validity evidence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 39, 472-480.

The work of Dr. Russell has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the UCLA Loneliness Scale, for clinical applications by qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs 3 Minute Loneliness Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The 3 Minute IDRlabs Loneliness Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of feeling disconnected from others. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your specific personality. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive affect assessment can be made only by a qualified professional.

As the publishers of this free online 3 Minute Loneliness Test, which allows you to screen yourself for the characteristics of this trait, we have striven to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present 3 Minute Loneliness Test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This 3 Minute Loneliness Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to feeling disconnected from others.

2. Clinically oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of researchers and PhDs and is designed to deliver a clear clinical picture of the respondent’s current characteristics indicating loneliness as measured according to standardized items.

3. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

4. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.