Face-to-Face Interaction Reduces Risk Of Depression
Written by: Kirsten Cowart
In modern society, it has started to become common to connect with people over messaging, texting, social media and the phone rather than face to face. How often do you spend time with people outside of your household face to face?
Technology Has Changed How We All Connect
Digital technology was intended to increase your ability to communicate and, in a lot of ways, it has succeeded in doing that. However, technology has also succeeded in decreasing the quality of our interactions.
Unfortunately, this decrease is increasing the risks of depression.
Internet, email and text messaging were first commercialized in 1995. Facebook came out in 2004 and the iPhone was first introduced in 2007. These changes have quickly shifted how society interacts and psychologists are starting to see the results of these changes.
Being Present In Person Reduces Depression
Having long-term or limited face-to-face contact with people affects your mental health. When you have more meaningful connections with people in person and face-to-face, it has an effect on you that literally changes your health. When you have periods of physical isolation, even with social media and other forms of contact, you are still as a greater risk for depression.
According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, having limited face-to-face contact with people will nearly double your risk of having depression; people who have regular face-to-face contact with their friends and family are a lot less likely to have symptoms of depression.
Lead Author Alan Teo, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University, says, “Research has long-supported the idea that strong social bonds strengthen people’s mental health. But this is the first look at the role that the type of communication with loved ones and friends plays in safeguarding people from depression.
We found that all forms of socialization aren’t equal. Phone calls and digital communication, with friends or family members, do not have the same power as face-to-face social interactions in helping to stave off depression.”
Spend More Time With People In Person
Even if you speak regularly with someone over the phone, through text messaging, or email, make sure that you visit them in person, too. You may find that you forget to visit people that you interact with over social media, because you think it has the same effect. In the end, you need to make sure that you are spending time face-to-face.
Do most of your friends and family live too far away? Maybe it is time to get to know your neighbors.
How often do you visit people in person? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below.
Adaptation from article- https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201510/face-face-social-contact-reduces-risk-depression
Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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