So, I was just chatting online with a Facebook friend when I noticed a Google alert about a study that linked social activity, or the lack of it, with your risk of death. Turns out that people with lots of social connections and activity survive longer, and I’m pretty sure the researchers were looking at actual interaction not e-socializing.
People who are actively socially with family and friends are 50 percent more likely to live longer than similarly situated people who lead isolated lives, according to an analysis by researchers at Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The researchers examined 148 studies from across the globe that examined the connection between health and death with various measures of social activity. The analysis involved data on more than 300,000 people followed for an average of seven-and-a-half years.
Overall, there was “a 50 percent increased likelihood of survival for participants with stronger social relationships,” the researchers reported in PLoS Medicine online. “This finding remained consistent across age, sex, initial health status, cause of death, and follow-up period.”