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Ditch the Phone: Face-to-Face Interactions Really Are Better for Your Health

Long-distance couples and home-office workers might want to take note.

Hold the phone! In-person contact is the only type of interaction that beats depression.

Oregon Health & Science University researchers studied data on 11,000-plus adults ages 50 and over who’d been asked how often they communicated with family and friends through get-togethers, calls, letters, and e-mails. 

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Those who saw loved ones in person at least three times a week had just a 6.5% chance of being diagnosed with clinical depression, but those who got in-person contact only every few months or less had an 11.5% chance.

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