Religious people live longer than atheists
An analysis of obituaries in the American Newspapers revealed a curious relationship – deeply religious people live on average 3-4 years longer than agnostics and atheists. To such conclusion scientists, who published an article in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
«Interestingly, in cities where a lot of religious people, those benefits «flowed» and non-believers. This may be due to the fact that atheists and agnostics have taken over part of the life norms, habits and patterns of behavior of the faithful neighbors and friends,» says Laura Wallace (Laura Wallace) from the Ohio state University (USA).
In the last few decades anthropologists pay much attention to what role faith played in the development of mankind. Most scientists today believe that man is biologically predisposed to religion, since these beliefs helped the communities of the first people to unite.
In addition, recently, biologists found a special area in the brain, irradiation of the magnetic field which undermines faith in irrational phenomena, and found that regular Church attendance significantly reduces the likelihood of premature death among older women. Wallace and her colleagues have discovered another unusual relationship between denominational affiliation, health and life expectancy, having studied several thousand obituaries published in recent years in local Newspapers in 42 different U.S. cities.
When analyzing these data, as the researchers note, they took into account gender and marital status of each deceased. As a rule, women and family people live much longer than men, bachelors, widows and other people who do not have families or simply «second half».
When sociologists have considered all these adverse factors, they found that religious people live on average 3.5-4 years longer than those deceased whose obituaries have not specified their religious affiliation or mentioned her absence. Part of this beneficial effect, notes Wallace, was due to the fact that religious people are often involved in various community activities sponsored by their churches, and often lead healthier lives than non-believers, thanks to the posts and bans the use of alcohol and drugs.
All this, on the other hand, explains the beneficial effect is only about a third, and scientists do not yet understand what has caused the extension of life of religious people on the other 2-3 years, which says stats. Soon Wallace and her colleagues try to solve the puzzle, analyzing the other aspects of the behavior of believers and atheists, as well as gathering broader statistics.