Offering support? Face-to-face contact is best.

Whether you view the Days Before Texting as the dark ages or as the good old days probably depends on your age. Teens and twentysomethings are mystified at how people socialized in the analog days. But people of all ages are sliding along technology’s slippery slope. For instance, a national survey of texting behaviors in adults ages 50 to 64 found that they averaged more than 11 texts a day, but fewer than 9 calls. And overall, U.S. smartphone users are sending and receiving five times as many texts compared with the number of phone calls each day.

There are a lot of benefits to digital communication, from streamlining logistics to staying in touch with children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and far-flung friends. When reaching out to a friend in need, though, kick it old school if you can. Face-to-face support is much more effective than digital support, suggests new research. Remember that the next time you need someone to lean on. Instead of seeking support via social media or texting, plan to meet a friend at a café for good old-fashioned face-to-face time.

"Social media is an amazing tool, but it's really the face-to-face interaction that makes a long-term impact.” Felicia Day



Posted on June 30, 2016 and filed under wellness.