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Improper communication skill may take a toll on your health.

New research discloses that people that lack good social skills may be at a greater risk of developing mental and physical health problems.

The communication skills that allow people to interact effectively and appropriately with others are what we refer to as social skills. They originate in the family and continue throughout life. They are mostly learned over time.

The researchers revealed that the use of technology, like texting, is probably one of the biggest set back to developing social skills among young people nowadays.

Chrin Segrin, professor at the University of Arizona said “we have known for a long time that social skills are associated with mental health problems like depression and anxiety.”

“But it was not known definitively that social skills were also predictive of poorer physical health. Two variables — loneliness and stress — are the glue that bind poor social skills to health. People with poor social skills have high levels of stress and loneliness in their lives,” Segrin added.

Over 775 people, aged between 18 to 91 years were studied by the researchers. They were provided a questionnaire addressing their social skills, stress, loneliness, and mental and physical health.

The results revealed that the participants who had deficits in those skills reported more stress, loneliness, and poorer mental and physical health.

The study, published in the journal Health Communication, mentioned that loneliness is a more recently recognized health risk factor while the negative effects of stress on the body have been known for a long time.

Loneliness is as serious risk as smoking, obesity or eating a high-fat diet with lack of exercise.

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