Low Levels of Face-to-Face Contact Increases Depression

People who meet and interact with family and friends at least three times a week have far less depression than those who have only virtual contact.

That includes telephone, email or social media (University of Michigan study).

In other words, we crave in-person interaction but we’re getting less of it than ever.

As we say in Philadelphia, who don’t know that?

We don’t need a research study to be convinced that looking a person in the eyes and enjoying them in the present is medicinal.

So what’s the holdup?

Maybe a few ideas would help.

  • No phones at mealtime – and adults are bigger offenders than children so be advised.
  • It’s not how long you spend interacting with others.  It’s how long you are actually present in conversation.  Many people are put off because they don’t have the time for one-on-one interaction, but length of time does not matter.  Focus does.
  • Add a new face every week.  Get to know someone – even if you never see them again.  Expand your world, give the gift of being present.

In the end, no one will ever wish they had spent more time on a digital device but they will regret the time lost living in the present with loved ones, friends and interesting people.

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