How Stress Effects Social Interactions

When you get stressed out do you find yourself avoiding others? If so, you’re not alone.

Dartmouth researchers found that people who experienced high stress one day were likely to have decreases in social interaction the following day, and the same behavior could last until up to two days later.

The data also showed a correlation between spending more time at home and decreased levels of both movement and social interaction the next day, but it also found the amount of social interaction on a day did not predict stress the following day.

Researchers hope their findings can be used in the future to study stress and social avoidance further, as well as the biological stress responses that may be involved.

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