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The social biome: how to build nourishing friendships – and banish loneliness

Sarah Best

16th April 2021

This article explores the role and importance of social groups.

Professor Jeffrey Hall who lectures in communication studies has likened our social interactions to 'gut microbiome'. He suggests that we need to cultivate and look after our social networks like we would look after own gut health, but with the pandemic, our social biome may have taken a hit.

There are suggestions on how to build up our social networks (the article could also be used for psychology), and it could be used as part of a discussion within Families and Households and Culture and Identity.

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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