This Is the Age When You Have the Most Friends
According to a study published in the Royal Society Open Science Journal, 25 is the age when you have the most people in your IRL social networks. The data was collected from a European cell phone carrier from 3.2 million users over a single year, then analyzed by the ages of everyone who received and sent cell phone calls in any given month.
The findings are pretty spot on with what is known to be true about how our social lives evolve with age: Our teens and early 20s are a period of collecting friends and finding similar interests, and thereafter the number of social interactions dwindle as people couple off, begin families and become absorbed in daily life.
What’s really interesting about the study, however, is that men tend to have more interactions in their early 20s than women, and this flip flops in middle age. (One observation is that women are more inclined to have interactions with their adult children than men). Unfortunately, the study is limited by the fact that only calls were analyzed; our social scopes in this capacity tend to be lower — 15 close contacts instead of 1,500 on social networks, for example. Text messages, email and other forms of keeping in touch could yield slightly different results, although the contacts might not be as emotionally close. Regardless, the study is a pretty interesting snapshot of the natural arc of our social lives, and at the very least a good reminder to call your parents!
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!