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  • Face-to-face social interaction is crucial to our health
  • Face-to-face social interaction is crucial to our health
    Sebastiaan ter Burg (2018) ©
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How do social groups impact our health?

As digital tech infiltrates all parts of society, the positive effects of face-to-face interaction are often overlooked, particularly in terms of health and wellbeing. Canvas8 spoke to clinical psychologist Dr. Catherine Haslam about how social groups play a key role in personal identity.

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As social beings, the groups we belong to – as citizens, family members, sports teams, friendships – play an important role in creating a sense of self. Loneliness, which affects an estimated 2.4 million Britons, is fast becoming one of the most serious health epidemics and can be equivalent to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. [1] But with technology touching more parts of our lives, connecting with our wider communities in person is becoming an increasingly rare phenomenon. In a survey of 1,000 teenagers, Common Sense Media found that texting was their favourite way to ...

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