Social withdrawal and social isolation can make it difficult to do the things you normally would enjoy or to get through the day. Some effects of this isolation can include loneliness, relationship problems, alcohol or drug problems, and trouble sleeping. Left unchecked, social withdrawal or isolation can lead to or be associated with. Nov 26, · Social Withdrawal and Loneliness Among Older Adult Athletes: A Case for Playing Alone. Hill MS, Yorgason JB, Nelson LJ, Jensen AC. Some older adults may not receive social connection due to social withdrawal, potentially resulting in loneliness. The purpose of this study was to examine relationships between social withdrawal and loneliness, in Author: Melanie S. Hill, Jeremy B. Yorgason, Larry J. Nelson, Alexander C. Jensen.