New York: For old timers with a relaxed, laid back attitude towards life, this news will come as a fresh breeze of air.

Researchers have finally revealed that face-to-face socialising with friends or family members is more powerful than making phone calls or sending emails in guarding against depression, says IANS.

A team of researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that participants who regularly met in person with family and  friends were less likely to report symptoms of depression, compared with others who emailed or spoke on the phone.

The gains people derived from face-to-face socialising endured even years later. “This is the first look at the role that the type of communication with loved ones and friends plays in safeguarding people from  depression,” said Alan Teo, assistant professor of psychiatry.

The team found that all forms of socialisation are not equal.

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