I’ve said a million times that my concert addiction gives me life. Now, according to real, actual science, it turns out my bullshit is true!
A new study by O2 and behavioral science expert Patrick Fagan of Goldsmith University has found a link between
moshing concert-going and longer life expectancy. According to the documentation, attending a show once every two weeks could increase life expectancy by nine years. The research revolves around a connection between reports of well-being and longer lives based on psychometric and heart-rate tests.
After just 20 minutes of live music fun, feelings of well-being increased by 21%, according O2 and Fagan. This includes a 25% increase in feelings of self-worth as well as a 25% jump in closeness to others. Mental stimulation skyrockets by 75% for music fans, too. The report also states that, “over two thirds (67%) of Brits surveyed saying experiencing live music makes them feel happier than simply listening to music at home—showcasing that the shared experience, which performed so strongly in the research, is key to increasing well-being.”
“Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and well-being—with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key,” Fagan says. “Combining all of our findings with O2’s research, we arrive at a prescription of a gig a fortnight which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life.”
Almost a decade more of life is astounding, but surely the whiskey and beer I’ve consumed in the last 15 years or so would detract from that. So maybe my reality is more like 9 minus 3 or 4. Still good!
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