May 11, 2010

Offline Socializing Brings More Happiness Than Online

A new study finds that face-to-face socializing makes us happier than reaching out to people online.

The Happiness Barometer was based on the Coca-Cola Happiness Index, which surveyed 500 to1,000 people per 16 countries.

About 40 percent of those surveyed said catching up with their loved ones after work was the happiest time of their day, and over 20 percent said they were happiest when eating with their families.

Only 5 percent said they were happiest when connecting with friends over the Internet, while only 2 percent said the first text message of the day made them joyful.

Families and partners were the biggest source of happiness for about 80 percent of those surveyed.  Friends racked up about 15 percent.

"Despite our celebrity driven culture, fame is not likely in itself to be a primary source of happiness. Instead, real happiness depends on our connecting with people, especially through love and kindness," the study said.

Hugs and food also contributed to people's happiness, especially in Britain and Russia, where about a third of people said they are likely to find comfort in a hug or seek it in food.

The countries surveyed were Britain, Belgium, Romania, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, South Africa, China, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines and the United States.


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