If you are suffering from depressive disorders, interacting with your friends and family members in face-to-face meetings is a great way to fight these problems. Direct social interaction is better for psychological wellness than phone calling or delivering an email, as a new research has showed.
Those who get together consistently with family members are 50% less likely to have signs of depression, compared to people who have few face-to-face meetings, according to the study published in the American medical journals. It is the first research to evaluate how different kinds of social interaction can have an impact on our mind health.
Phone calling and e-mailing did not have a similar type of safety effect, as stated by the study’s authors. They noticed an amount of psychological effects depending on the number of in-person interactions: the more direct meetings, the more reduced the depression rates were.
It is not that mailing or talking through the phone is a bad thing or that people should remove them from their life. However, the main idea is that less intimate means of communication are no alternative for face-to-face experiences. These meetings between people work as a type of medication against depressive disorders.
The scientists examined data from over 10,000 American adults, over the age of 50, who took part in a nationwide research. The study gathered, among other personal details, the regularity of telephone, in-person and messaged (that included e-mails) social contact.
The scientists then considered the probability of research volunteers to suffer from depression complications over a period of three years, while taking into consideration various factors like health problems, distance from close relatives and history of depressive disorders.
People who met with their loved ones at least two times a week had a much lower risk of suffering from symptoms of depression, at 7.5 % compared to a 11.5 % risk for individuals who met with friends or family members once every month or less. In comparison, the regularity of e-mails telephone calls had no real effect on the development of depression problems.
While the research only considered individuals who were over the age of 50, the results could be applied to younger people as well. The scientists want to research the influence of different types of interaction among millennials, even if experts say that people in their 20s may have good results by communicating through online social networks.
People should hang out more often with their friends and relatives, have awesome lengthy discussions at a café, since meeting with a close person brings something unique and wonderful for our psychological health.
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