Face-to-face socializing more powerful than phone calls, emails in guarding against depression

October 5, 2015

Face-to-face socializing more powerful than phone calls, emails in guarding against depression

Oregon Health Sciences University

In a slight knock on digital and telephone communications, a new study points to the unsurpassed mental health benefits of regular face-to-face social interactions among older adults. Study participants who regularly met in person with family and friends were less likely to report symptoms of depression, compared with participants who emailed or spoke on the phone. The gains people derived from face-to-face socializing endured even years later. The findings were published online today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.