Are you enjoying the online era? Do you like texting and emailing everyone? It seems all comfortable and you feel that you are in contact with every person in your life, or most of them anyway. But you might not want to get too comfortable with this lifestyle, because face to face is more fulfilling than text. It turns out that texting and mailing can actually lead you towards depression later in life.
Whether we like it or not, we really have to go out there and face the world and, according to a new study, face to face is more fulfilling than text. Introverts might not feel too good about this, but the truth is that even the loneliest of us still talk to their few friends and family. It’s just that we react and feel way better when we meet the person, talk to them, make eye contact, so on and so forth.
The Oregon Health and Science University conducted a study from which they determined that people who had “regular interactions with family and friends” registered an increased 5% likelihood not to face depression. It does not make that much of a difference in the study, but imagine that these were 11,000 people. If we were to expand the population, we would definitely see the bigger picture.
The main debate subject behind the study is related to levels of communication. In short, there are 5 levels of communication: the lowest one is through mails, while the highest one is face to face communication. Explaining all of them would take our subject in another field, but it is important to know that face to face is the most genuine and satisfying level.
When meeting a person, the level of information you get from her and the discussion that you are having is at maximum. You react to their messages quickly, reveal yourself much better, your face shows a lot of expressions. The process is circular, so the other person offers you the same amount of info. The connection is warm and both peers gain enormous benefits from it.
Talking via texts and mails is a cold relationship. You might have noticed that some things turn into habits rather than heartfelt conversations. So remember to talk to people more often, get closer to them and have an impact. It will not only benefit your happiness, but theirs as well.
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