Ever wish you could cancel plans with friends in favor of staying in and watching TV? Been there. But as tempting as it is to stay in and binge-watch Legion, you will always be better served by hanging out with friends. In fact, one study found that low social integration is as bad for you as alcoholism, obesity and smoking nearly a pack a day.
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Research indicates that people with large networks of friends live longer. 01:26
One study showed that teenagers who befriend fellow students with good grades are more likely to increase their own grades. 04:34
Friends tend to be genetically similar to each other, and the same seems to be true of lonely individuals. 07:08
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