- 2020 has proven to be a fantastic case study – todays’ younger generation are already the most disconnected and technology dependant (and unhappiest as a result)generation but can technology – Zoom’ – totally replace the need for direct human contact? The answer according to psychologist’s Frank Tallis masterful analysis of the impact of Covid – is a resounding NO! 1
- Tallis states, “Close relationships (connections) keep people happy throughout the course of their lives (much more so, for example, than wealth or fame) and are a better predictor of long-term health than social class, IQ or genes. ” 2 Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly isolated world, is more important than ever. The benefits of social connectedness shouldn’t be overlooked. The Harvard Study of Adult Development (1) has shown those with better connections to life partners, friends and family live longer. This highlights that good quality relationships are protective for both our mental and physical health; regardless of background or employment.
- In a similar vein, according to popular author Yohann Hari ‘Connection’ is the opposite of addiction and the ‘cure’ to depression & mental health issues. 3
- And recent research into why young adults are leaving the UK church in their droves points to the loss of real Christian community and authentic relationships. 4
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- 1 Frank Tallis “The Act of Living: What the Great Psychologists Can Teach Us About Surviving Discontent in an Age of Anxiety” published 2021.
2: Frank Tallis : The act of living loc 380
- Yohann Hari - Chasing the Scream & Lost Connections
- 4: Ruth Perrin Changing Shapes