Clear. 29.7   F New York
AI-Powered News Summarizer
Top Stories

Talking on the phone for 10 minutes could make you feel less lonely

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

Compression ratio: 19.3%. 1 min read.

People's loneliness decreased by 20% and anxiety decreased by 30% after a month of 10-minute phone calls, researchers found.

Volunteers briefly trained in empathetic communication skills, which involved active listening and asking questions about what their subject was talking about, said lead study author Maninder "Mini" Kahlon, associate professor of population health and executive director of Factor Health at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

Both the participants who received phone calls and the control group who did not had loneliness, anxiety and depression measured on scientific scales at the start and end of the month.

Researchers also measured the study subjects' anxiety and depression because those disorders could also be affected by the calls, Kahlon said.

Holt-Lunstad said she wished the volunteers' emotional levels were measured in addition to the phone call and control group participants because they may have seen positive emotional shifts as well.

Summarizer is on Google News. Now you can get the latest AI summarized news on your favorite news platform.

Don't like Google News? We have an RSS Feed for you.