As a self avowed loner, this research showing personal connections are important to a long life bothers me. I had hoped thatÂ Cacioppo’s writing inÂ LonelinessÂ that we each have differing levels of engagement that are necessary would apply. Having a lower threshold might protect againstÂ depression, anxiety, and suicideÂ that plague men.
Pinker seems to be saying that having someone who will check up on older people is what prolongs their lives into becoming centenarians.
If the above does not work, then tryÂ TED Talk: The secret to living longer may be your social life.