Rich social life pays off later

A PERSON’S social life in their 20s and 30s is likely to predict psychological wellbeing in their 50s, US research suggests. 

A 30-year prospective study has found an individual’s midlife psychological wellbeing can be predicted by the quantity of socialising in their 20s and the quality of socialising in their 30s.

 “Considering everything else that goes on in life over those 30 years – marriage, raising a family and building a career – it is extraordinary that there appears to be a relationship between the kinds of interactions college students and young adults have and their emotional health later in life,” study author Cheryl Carmichael, assistant professor of psychology at Brooklyn College, says in a statement.

The importance of social connectedness is high, but the authors say that until now, research had mostly focused on the quality of social interaction.