Male baboons with female pals live longer

Having a female bestie gives male baboons a better chance of survival, a new study shows.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Strong bonds later can’t erase early trauma for baboons

Having friends as adults doesn't ease early life trauma, a new study with baboons shows.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 10, 2020 ~9 min

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Young dolphins pick friends with purpose

Dolphins don't just randomly choose their friends. Like some people, they pick childhood pals that will set them up for success as adults.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~5 min

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‘Guilty pleasures’ can get us through social distancing

Social distancing protects us from COVID-19. But how can we protect our mental health as we're isolating? One solution: Indulge in guilty pleasures.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~5 min

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5 ways to maintain community while social distancing

It's possible to maintain community despite the social distancing necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to a professor of health psychology.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
March 18, 2020 ~5 min

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Big LGBT friend groups buffer health against bias

Large LGBT friend groups can protect people's health, research suggests. "Having more family and friends around gives us more people to depend on when we really need it."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~3 min

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Our social lives (and sex lives) are key to good health

We need to start thinking about our social lives as an important factor for our overall health, an expert argues in this podcast episode.

U. Chicago • futurity
Aug. 26, 2019 ~1 min

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Despite concerns, Americans say they’ve got social support

Worries about Americans' pending loss of community may be unfounded, research suggests.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
June 28, 2019 ~5 min

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Move to wealthier area is easier for kids than teens

Children make friends—and find a "sense of belonging"—faster than teenagers after a move to a more affluent neighborhood, research shows.

Amy McCaig-Rice University • futurity
Dec. 17, 2018 ~3 min

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