Your Friends Can Tell You How Long You’ll Probably Live

“Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.” β€”Richard Bach

In A Nutshell

You can go to the doctor, read all the latest medical news, and obsess over your health all you want. But a recent study shows that your friends, especially close ones, can tell how long you’ll live based on your personality in your twenties. If you’re a man whose friends see you as open and conscientious, you’ll probably live longer. For women, you want your friends to see you as agreeable and emotionally stable.

The Whole Bushel

We’re always looking for new ways to predict how healthy we are and how long we’ll live. Some of the more recent news tells us that our life spans can be predicted by chemical changes that occur in our bodies as we age. By analyzing blood samples for methylation, a chemical change that affects how certain genes are turned on or off, we can come up with a biological age for any individual. If your biological age is greater than your actual age, then you’ll probably die sooner than someone whose biological age equals his or her actual age.

Unfortunately, that test requires a trip to the doctor. If you want to skip the doctor, you can try a simple test called the Sitting Rising Test (SRT). Invented by a doctor in Brazil, the SRT is supposed to predict the probability that you’ll die within five years. To take the test, you cross your feet and sit on the floor for five points. Then you get back up for another five points. You lose a point every time you use a hand, arm, or knee to help you. Another half point is deducted each time you lose your balance, whether sitting down or getting up. Every point is worth a 21 percent reduction in your risk of dying.

But there’s an even easier way to predict your longevity, and if you’re a people person, it’s a lot more fun. It’s based on the results of a 75-year study that shows your friends are better at predicting how long you’ll live than you are. Washington University psychologists looked at data from the 1930s through 2013 concerning the health of 600 men and women. When the study began, the participants were in their mid-twenties with most engaged to be married. The participants and their close friends, which included members of their wedding parties, rated the personality traits of people in the study.

Combining this information with follow-up studies from the original research as well as death certificates, the psychologists came to a surprising conclusion: Your friends, especially close ones, can tell how long you’ll live based on your personality in your twenties. If you’re a man whose friends see you as open and conscientious, you’ll probably live longer. For women, you want your friends to see you as agreeable and emotionally stable.

The researchers believe your friends are better than you at predicting your life span for a couple of reasons. “First, friends may see something that you miss; they may have some insight that you do not,” said psychologist Joshua Jackson. “Second, because people have multiple friends, we are able to average the idiosyncrasies of any one friend to obtain a more reliable assessment of personality. With self reports, people may be biased or miss certain aspects of themselves and we are not able to counteract that because there is only one you, only one self-report.”

Show Me The Proof

Discovery News: DNA ‘Clock’ Could Predict How Long You’ll Live
USA Today: How long will you live? Try the Sitting Rising Test
Washington University: Friends know how long you’ll live, study finds

  • Azeael

    Useful if I had friends. πŸ™

    • DanielSanCarter

      Same…

      • Azeael

        :'(

        • DanielSanCarter

          Lifes hard.

          • Azeael

            And then you die.

          • DanielSanCarter

            Yep.

          • Azeael

            Then you go to heaven. πŸ˜€

          • DanielSanCarter

            Or do you?

          • Azeael

            Hell is an option. Or purgatory if you’re catholic. πŸ™‚

          • DanielSanCarter

            Haha

          • Azeael

            Or nothing according to Judaism.

          • DanielSanCarter

            Nah they have Sheol.

          • Azeael

            Which is basically nothing. ‘Silence reigns supreme; and oblivion is the lot of them that enter therein.’ (Ps. lxxxviii. 13, xciv. 17; Eccl. ix. 10) πŸ˜‰

          • DanielSanCarter

            Touche

      • Penny

        Wait! U too don’t have friends?

        • DanielSanCarter

          Maybe that’s we have no friends. Being addicted to Disqus and all that…

          • Azeael

            Better than heroin.

          • DanielSanCarter

            Truth

          • Penny

            Hmmm… True! Ooor maybe we are optimistic about the quality of character of ppl (aka: Have not lost faith in humanity) and feels nice adding some new ones to the already existing…

          • DanielSanCarter

            I have no faith in humanity,

          • Penny

            Well, true, dear. How can you have faith in humanity when ppl have become so evil, selfish, they backstab you, they tell lies and try to use you for their own benefits?… It is like cancer. Sometimes (not so frequently) the miracle happens and get cured, but in general, it is unstopable and fatal. And I was so disappointed by humanity that did not care for anyone. But then one day I sat down and I said to myself…yet not all are worthless. Some people are the exception (of the cancer). Eg you, or some other ppl in here, or the ppl close to us in school, university, even the relatives (not all of them cause -eg- I have a horrible uncle! haha!)

          • DanielSanCarter

            Meh. People will be people and I’ll just systematically ignore them

          • DanielSanCarter

            Or society in general

    • OldBoris

      We’re your friends <3

      • Azeael

        Really? You will actually be my friend? Thanks!!!

        • DanielSanCarter

          *gasp* You have a friend???? LUCKY

          • Azeael

            Yep- now I can ask him when I’m going to die. Yay!!!

          • DanielSanCarter

            Lucky

          • Penny

            Hahahahahahaha!! That’s the spirit!!

    • Penny

      U don’t?

      • Azeael

        No. πŸ™

        • Penny

          Why though?? :<

          • Azeael

            Maybe I’m just not a likable person. πŸ™

          • Penny

            Poor maybe you have met the wrong ppl! Nowadays ppl think they know everything and can judge everyone.. Who’s perfect, who’s hot, who’s good friend or fits in a social group. F….ix everyone!!! U r who u r as sung by an alcoholic teen Blondie…. πŸ˜€

    • Mizore Shirayuki
      • Azeael

        Yay!!! πŸ˜€

        • Mizore Shirayuki

          Let’s get drunk and go set fires or something. Friends do that, right?

          • Azeael

            The good ones. πŸ˜‰

          • Mizore Shirayuki

            Sweet! Promoted to a good friend already.

          • Hey i want to go to
            lol.

            check out the idevice new thread
            I edited a photo , tell me what you think.

          • Mizore Shirayuki

            You are welcome to come with us. XD And I like your photo. πŸ˜›

          • Ok let me get my stuff. πŸ™‚
            Thanks.

  • lonelydisco

    That Sitting-Rising Test might not work for me – I have pretty nimble legs.

    • DanielSanCarter

      Yeah… It was easy.

    • Hillyard

      They spend a lot of time in the air right?

      • lonelydisco

        Now you believe I’m a bird!

        • Hillyard

          You know what I mean. Now put on your knee pads. …

          • lonelydisco

            And leg warmers.

          • Hillyard

            Sexy!

          • lonelydisco

            Now you put ’em on!

          • Hillyard

            Eh my legs are too hairy. That look just doesn’t work with me.

  • DanielSanCarter

    Well, if I’m anything like the rest of my family I’ll live to be ancient.

    • Azeael

      Good for you. πŸ™‚

      • DanielSanCarter

        Haha

  • OldBoris

    Well, that sucks. They see me as evil incarnate, but in a good way.

  • Hillyard

    Oh shit I just checked with my old Army buddies and evidently I’ve been dead for ten years now. What to do. ..what to do. …