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Spending time alone is the new socialising

HealthBy Sunday World
Spending time alone is the new socialising

Catching up with friends is overrated, a new study has found, with nine out of ten Britons happy with their own company.

While many of us text our closest buddies when we want to eat out in a restaurant or go on holiday, a new poll by Intrepid Travel found that we’re actually more than happy to hang out by ourselves. Of the 2,000 U.K. adults surveyed, it was also discovered that half of us would be happy to buy a house just for ourselves and two thirds say it’s more acceptable to travel alone, compared to a decade ago.

On top of that 40 per cent would holiday by themselves, a third would be happy to dine alone in a restaurant and 40 per cent said they had no problem with a solo pub visit.

However lone wolves may want to rethink their solitary living habits should they ever require a hospital visit. In a separate study by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, researchers found that patients with a strong social network recovered faster than those without, and spent less time in an inpatient facility.

Study authors hope their findings will make hospitals realise that equal emphasis should be placed on both psychological recovery and physically rehabilitation.

“When someone does not have the social support of family and friends, they take longer to return home to the community,” lead author Zakkoyya Lewis said. “We believe that support from loved ones may lead to better recovery and better quality of life.

“Our study is one of the first to look at how level of social support impacts how long patients need to spend in a rehab facility.”

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