I hope they didn’t pay a lot for this study. But it’s a good reminder to us all that too much screen time and not enough live interaction makes us more susceptible to depression. Of course, for those of us with chronic pain, getting out three times a week for social occasions can be quite difficult.
“Replacing face-to-face contact with friends and family with emails, text messages and phone calls could double the risk of depression, a major study suggests. Research on 11,000 adults found that those who meet friends and family at least three times a week are far less likely to suffer from depression. Individuals who had such contact just once every few months had an 11.5 per cent chance of later suffering from depressive symptoms two years later….Dr Alan Teo, lead author and assistant professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, said: “We found that all forms of socialisation aren’t equal. Phone calls and digital communication, with friends or family members, do not have the same power as face-to-face social interactions in helping to stave off depression.”