Building Relationships: 6 Reasons Why Human Interaction is Important
Do you ever feel like you’re better off alone? Or like it’s easier to make no effort with others than it is to put in the work to build new and existing relationships?
You are definitely wrong.
There are many benefits of human interaction ranging from mental to physical and coming full circle. This tells us we need real interaction for our mind, body, and soul.
With technology and it’s rapid advances it’s becoming harder to interact with each other but also more important than ever.
Read on to find out 6 ways human interaction is important.
1. What Exactly Is Human Interaction?
When do you think of human interaction, what comes to mind? Do you think of sitting down with your large family around a table full of food you all cooked together?
Or maybe you think of that special someone and going on that special after-work walk every evening or sharing details about your day over take-out.
You might even think human interaction is as simple as checking out at the grocery store.
FYI if you think the last one describes real human interaction or enough to say you are making an effort you may be in need of more of a social life.
Human interaction means connection. It means belonging. It means feeling like you matter to others. Building close relationships with those around you to face life’s many challenges.
2. What Role Does Culture Play?
Regardless of culture we all need and crave interaction with humans. We are human after all.
Culture may mean the difference in how you get to know someone. If you are direct or indirect. It may mean you show love through gifts or through words. It could mean connecting through humor or offending one another before coming to an understanding.
No matter where you are from or where you were born you are human and all humans need human interaction.
3. Human Interaction and Health
Research tells us there is a connection between social interaction and health. Keeping close relationships is related to longevity. It’s related to your quality of life.
There are key risks that are reduced by having healthy human and social connections.
- Decreased risk of heart disease
- Reduced hypertension
- Lessen infectious diseases
- Immune system boost
Being connected is one of the most important benefits if you want to prevent heart disease.
Another factor is a stronger immune system due to chronic stress being decreased. That’s how important it is to surround yourself with a support system.
4. Importance of Human Relationships Vs Online
You’ve heard it over and over again. Technology is replacing human interaction and making us all less social.
A better way to put it would be to say technology is affecting the quality of human interaction. It’s amazing how far we’ve come with technology and we’ve all benefited in some way from it. But, has our human connections benefited?
Even though we are given the option to network with more people, or to find someone online more like us it still is hurting the quality of those in-person relationships.
It’s great to make friends on the internet, but do you really need 2,000 friends on Facebook? Just make sure you are keeping in touch with your real-life friends too.
5. Can We Improve Our Human Interaction?
There is so much information you read every day online. About celebrities. Or scrolling through Facebook. We’ve become numb to the fact that we are reading about real live human beings.
Some of them we actually know.
Instead of just following them on social media reach out directly and ask to meet up for an in-person chat. Nothing can ever beat face to face human interaction.
The internet can make some of us a little jaded and it’s important to remember you are a human too and you make mistakes too. Even though we are very much in the digital age it’s possible to use empathy, and stop our selves when we start to judge right away.
6. Importance of Physical Relationships
Even though most refer to physical relationships as physical it’s so much more than that.
That’s what makes it important.
It’s not just sex. It’s sex, and it’s hand holding, and kissing, and hugging.
It’s touching. Affection.
Physical touch is part of humans fundamental needs. It’s essential from the moment we are brought into this world. Babies require physical touch to develop a healthy emotional and social view.
Physical relationships aren’t only important for brand new developing babies, they matter more than you might think for adults.
Studies have shown that physical affection is communicated as non-verbal communication at times. I think we all know that feeling.
Having companion matters in the sense we get the physical and emotional interaction we need as humans to thrive.
To be our best.
Attracting More Human Interaction in Life
Even if you’re an introvert you might be surprised at the results if you put yourself out there and let yourself be open to meeting new people and being part of a community.
No matter what your interests are, or how different you think they are, there are other’s out there with the same interests. The same feelings.
Even if human interaction and connection is something you typically avoid on purpose it’s never too late to start making an effort.
Join a community of likewise people, or learn a new skill with others who are as clueless as you are.
Whatever it is you decide to do, just remember that everyone you interact with on a daily basis is human.
Everyone. Just like you.