What is Social Connectedness and Why is it Important?
Human beings are, first and foremost, social creatures.
As far back as we can trace, humans have travelled, hunted and thrived in social groups and for good reason. Social groups provide us with an important part of our identity and more than that they teach us a set of skills that help us to live our lives. Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly isolated world, is more important than ever.
Social connectedness, therefore, generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true for those who lack social connectedness. Low social connection has been generally associated with declines in physical and psychological health.
Still, while the mechanisms by which social connectedness impacts health are yet to be fully understood, the general equation revealed by the accumulated data from research is fairly clear: Connection = Health.