Rave on: study says regular concert attendance can raise life expectancy
A study newly conducted by O2 and a behavioral science expert from Goldsmith University, Patrick Fagan, asserts that regular concert attendance can lead to a longer life expectancy. Routine concert going can reportedly increase life expectancy by nine years for those who attend a concert once every two weeks, according to a press release published in conjunction with the study.
O2 and Fagan found that general feelings of wellbeing increase by 21% after an initial 20 minutes at a concert. This figure accounts for a concurrent 25% growth in feelings of self-worth in addition to a 25% augmentation in feeling close to others. Mental stimulation rises by 75% overall for concert goers during a show.
The report determined 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 wellbeing.’
‘Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and wellbeing—with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key,’ Fagan said. ‘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.’
It seems that music lovers now have all the more reason to add more live music to their social calendars. Those interested can learn more about the study, here.
H/T: Pigeons & Planes