If you read this website, you probably go to concerts quite a bit. Now your habit may actually be good for you. New research suggests that going to concerts can help your lifespan and overall well-being.
The study says that 20 minutes at a show "can lead to a 21% increase in that feeling of well-being.”
The research was done by O2, the owner of some of the largest music venues in the UK, with Goldsmith University's Associate Lecturer Patrick Fagan. O2 obviously has a stake in the game to get people to go out to concerts, so keep that in mind.
The study says that going to a gig every two weeks could increase your life expectancy by up to nine years. The methodology is not given by O2, but you can read the press release for yourself.
“Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and wellbeing – with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key,” says Fagan.
The research also says that shows will increase self-worth by 25%, closeness to others by 25% and mental stimulation by 75%.
Whether or not all of this is totally accurate we will leave to the scientists, but either way it is good to have some reinforcement for all of the shows we go to. It is good for you!