Both adolescents and those approaching their twilight yearsbenefit the most from having a lot of friends instead of sticking to just one particular group. Teenagers with inactive social lives experience health risks equivalent to those who live a sedentary lifestyle. For the elderly, having limited friends increases the risks of hypertension and heart disease.
On the other hand, those in the middle of the two age groups benefit the most from having quality friendships over having a wide social circle. People who have close bonds with their friends score well in the markers used by the study which include blood pressure, waist circumference, and body mass index.
Across the board, having friendships keeps cancer at bay. The study goes on to state that maintaining social interactions is just as important as observing proper diet and getting enough exercise for the rest of your life. So the next time you’re skipping out on a night in to binge-watchScandal togo party with your crew or stay up until 3 a.m. to talk to your best friend about life—you’re doing it for your health.