According to the Surgeon General, every measure of population-wide friendship, companionship, and social fitness is worse than it was 20 years ago.
We can theorize about the causes (social media, cell phones, unlimited entertainment options...), but regardless, the result is a less healthy population. In fact, one study posted in American Psychology shows us:
It's easier than ever nowadays to say no to invitations from friends and family. There are legitimate reasons for turning down offers and legitimate alternatives that make it acceptable to say no. But we need human interaction.
I encourage all of us to make some plans today to get together with friends or family in the next few days. And if there's someone in your life who lives alone, check in with them. Let them know you're thinking about them. Ask them how they're doing.
Our phones, televisions, and computers can make us feel like we're with other people. But they can't give us the health benefits of actually being with other people.
Make it a great day!