Argue More, Die Sooner
Study links fighting too much to early death
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2014 3:21 AM CDT
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(Newser) – If you find yourself in frequent conflict with friends, family members, or neighbors, you might be arguing yourself into an early grave, a new study finds. Researchers say middle-aged people who have frequent arguments are two to three times more likely to die prematurely, with those who often squabble with neighbors especially likely to die early, reports the Los Angeles Times. People who often fretted about their spouse or children were also a lot more likely to die prematurely from a variety of causes, including cancer, heart disease, and alcohol abuse.

The researchers, who studied data on thousands of Danish adults, found that unemployed men were the likeliest to have high levels of social conflict in their lives, the BBC reports. "Having an argument every now and then is fine, but having it all the time seems dangerous," the lead researcher tells LiveScience, explaining that people with stressful social relations not only have higher blood pressure, but are more likely to engage in risky behavior like smoking or excessive drinking. She says conflict management classes could be a good way for communities to curb early deaths.

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Becuzican
May 10, 2014 11:55 AM CDT
Especially when you argue with your wife, where you will invariably lose. My ex was the valedictorian of her class and so is my present girlfriend, and I have learned how arguing with women works. First, you admit that you were obviously wrong. Then you explain how the woman was clearly right. Then you point out that from a certain perspective you could be considered right. Then you wait and see if the woman admits that in a relatively trivial and insignificant way, she might have been wrong, or perhaps somewhat less efficient than she might have been. That is the rough equivalent of coming out even when arguing with a woman, and not walking away with a limp.
iq145
May 9, 2014 8:28 PM CDT
i'd imagine it happens all the time in prisons...
SPHeroid
May 9, 2014 6:26 PM CDT
Well of course; personal conflicts will shorten your life... Particularly in "stand your ground" states.....