Tuesday, September 5

Socializing is linked to living longer.

Socializing has been linked to a lower chance of dying young, among other health benefits. However, how much socialization might prolong one's life? On March 6, 2023, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health published a sizable Chinese study online that suggests—possibly not at all. Researchers assessed the well-being, way of life, and self-reported social engagement of almost 28,000 individuals (average age: 89) whose survival was monitored for a mean of five years or until they passed away. People lived longer during the first five years of life, the more socialized they were. The people who socialized daily, weekly, monthly, or infrequently all lived longer than the previous group.

Any of these groups' members outlived those who engaged in no social interaction at all. After five years, nevertheless, it seemed that only those who regularly engaged in social interactions outlived everyone else. Since it's an observational study, cause and effect cannot be established. Furthermore, the writers did not examine the many forms of social interaction that individuals engage in. However, we are aware that socializing has numerous benefits, such as a reduction in the risk of dementia, chronic illness, and feelings of loneliness and isolation. Thus, make it your mission to engage in more social activities, including calling or meeting up with friends.
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