Does computer-mediated affection have any benefit?

Posted Nov 13, 2013

Long-distance relationships are common these days—but they don’t mitigate the need for affection. We humans still need love, even if it’s from someone thousands of miles away. Of course, most of us realize that affection expressed over the phone, through text or Tweet, or via Skype isn’t the same as the real thing…but can it benefit us nonetheless?

Speaking to an unknown experimental confederate is obviously not the same as having a conversation with your sweetheart—but the study does suggest that even an artificial hug can be better than none at all. You can read more about the Japanese study here.

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