Health Outcomes
Physiology of Social Connection
Psychology of Social Support
100

Social connection is as important to a person's health and survival as food, shelter, and safety.

True

100

People are biologically hardwired to seek human connection.

True

100
Quantity over quality: Having more people in your social circle is better than having a smaller, yet more engaging and fulfilling social circle. 

False; social support has more to do with genuine feelings of connection to others, rather than the number of friends a person has. 

200

Having a strong sense of social connection can increase a person's lifespan by as much as 50%. 

True

200

There is only one part of the brain responsible for controlling the ability to socialize. 

False; multiple parts of the brain are responsible including the amygdala (works to process personal emotions), the medial prefrontal cortex and superior temporal sulcus (works to understand emotions of others), and the visual and auditory cortices (works to process environmental cues).

200

Social support is associated with better emotion regulation skills.

True

300

People who lack quality social connection have better sleeping habits, increased immune function, and lower levels of stress hormones (e.g., cortisol).

False; people who experience social isolation are more likely to have poorer sleeping habits, decreased immune functioning, and higher levels of stress hormones.

300

Also known as "the love hormone," oxytocin plays a vital role in social connection.

True

300

Inadequate social support can lead to feelings of distress, depression, and anxiety.

True

400

Social isolation should be thought of as a chronic illness that can be detrimental to health.

True

400

When employees experience positive relationships at work, they have better cardiovascular functioning and better immune system functioning.

True

400

Receiving social support is more beneficial than giving social support.

False; providing social support reaps more benefits than receiving social support (although both are important!)

500

People who have strong social connections with others who are geographically distant in proximity have worse health outcomes than people who have social connections with others who are in close proximity.

False; quality social connections foster better health outcomes regardless of proximity.

500

Epinephrine (adrenaline), cortisol, and glutamate are hormones/neurotransmitters that work together with oxytocin to promote social connection.

False; Oxytocin works with GABA, serotonin, and dopamine to foster a sense of social connection.

500

Technology is a barrier to social support. 

True AND false; face-to-face interactions are the best form of social connection and offer the most benefits, but through technology, people can connect with others as well (especially during covid). Just don't rely on technology too heavily.

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