Psychologist Susan Pinker on the importance of face-to-face contact in our era of disbanded families and virtual connections.
“Research shows that people who feel socially disconnected are at a greater risk of dying young â€“ especially if they are men. Women are more prone to seek out and build longstanding, intimate personal relationships: within their extended families, through lifelong friendships, in their neighbourhoods.
That is one reason â€“ there are others, of course â€“ why in every industrialised country, women outlive men by an average of five to seven years. This gender imbalance is visible wherever older people spend their time; in parks, libraries, churches, community halls and seniorsâ€™ tour groups, women over the age of 60 outnumber men in their age group by three to one.”