Face-to-face contact improves our health
Courtesy Bill Gross – idea labs
Susan Pinker gave a great talk showing how different parts of your brain light up with human contact, but only face-to-face contact and interaction engaged the brain that way.
Passively watching a video didn’t do the same thing.
She studied a small village in Sardinia where the population has an above-average number of centinarians, male and female, which she attributes in part to the constant/close personal interactions of the villagers.
Social integration and close relationships topped the list, even above smoking, drinking, exercise, being overweight, and clean air!
She said that genes account for 25% of the variance in longevity, and lifestyle accounts for 75%.
She said that women live longer than men because they are more likely to prioritize close, in-person friendships.
She urged people to “build your village, it’s actually a matter of life and death.”