The Internet Is Great for Women's Friendships But 'Babes' Rarely See Each Other In Person.
Email and cell phones keep us babes connected, but work and family obligations keep us apart in real time. Spending time with girlfriends has been PROVEN to help you stay healthier and live longer.
There was a report out this week from the Pew Research Center that said, the internet has mostly had a positive effect on our social worlds, but that social networking encourages people to have a greater number of shallower friendships. (Like Mary who you barely spoke to in second grade.) The concern was, that social networking could rob people of face to face relationships. For us babes, this has major health implications.
I go back to the landmark UCLA study on friendship among women, and the 'stunning' find
by two female nurses, that women respond differently to stress than men. Men hole up alone, while women produce brain chemicals that cause us to 'tend and befriend'
...tend to children and befriend other women. When women actually ENGAGE IN 'tending and befriending' (actually spend time in person together) even more chemicals (oxytocin) are released which further counter stress, and depression and produce a calming effect. It's likely why women outlive men.
I also go back to the famed Nurses Health Study from Harvard Medical School additionally found that the more friends a woman had, the less likely she was to develop physical impairments as she aged,
and the more likely she was to lead a joyful life. The results were so significant the researchers concluded, not having close friends was as detrimental to your health as smoking or carrying extra weight. Social ties reduce our risk of disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol. THE BIG BABE PROBLEM?
It's getting harder and harder in between 'life' to find time to be together with girlfriends 'in person' which is CRITICAL to our good health as we age.Hurry! Call a Girlfriend and make some 'babe to babe' 'face to face' plans ASAP!
If anybody wants to know where you're running to ...just tell them it's a matter of life and death!