Shaun, Hespeler | March 1, 2020
If you’ve read my other pieces on the web site, you know that I am a shameless homebody. I routinely get myself into trouble by not attending parties or large events, and find solitude peaceful and rejuvenating. There are few things I love more than frittering away a perfectly good Saturday doing nothing but drinking coffee and reading books with my corgi by my side.
As much as I crave time to myself, I know there are limits. I tell myself I’d be happy living out my life on a deserted island with nothing but a stack of books and unlimited tacos, but I know deep down it isn’t true. Humans are social creatures. We need to spend time together to stay healthy and happy. Some research has even gone so far as to claim that extreme isolation can lead to death.
The digital age complicates things. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter can help keep us connected, but emerging research shows that online communities are not enough and that too much time on social media can actually make people feel more isolated. There’s something about face to face human contact that the online world just can’t replicate. According to some studies, face to face interaction can release oxytocin, increase your level of trust, and lower your stress.
To summarize, science is telling you to hang out with friends – in person.
That’s where we come in.
Our programs are created with the goal of providing fun, enriching social experiences for every age group and interest level. We have book clubs, knitting clubs, and game clubs. We have Nerf Blaster nights and escape rooms. We can teach you new things like how to use a 3D printer, a Cricut machine, or how to play guitar. There is so much going on here, anyone can find a place to fit in. So stop on by one of our five branches even if just to say “hi”. Science recommends it and we’d love to see you.
You can check out our web site here for more information on upcoming programs: https://ideaexchange.org/programs-events.