The proverb “absence makes the heart grow fonder” describes the feeling of greater affection between friends and lovers who are kept apart. It is a phrase that, in one form or another, can be traced back for millennia—the Roman poet Sextus is credited with the earliest version of the phrase. (Technology Review)
Well, it may be that COVID is offering some evidence to support such a proverb.
While scrolling through the StudyFinds website trying to come up with a topic to write about, I saw two headlines that are much more interesting when combined.
Here was the first headline:
and here was the second:
Now there isn’t enough data to draw any conclusions, but at first glance, at least to me, those headlines might be suggesting that as a result of not celebrating holidays with family over the past two years, family members actually feel more connected to each other.
Perhaps Sextus came up with the proverb after a couple of years of not celebrating holidays with his family, and he realized he actually felt closer to them as a result.
I’m not sure if you can extrapolate from these studies, but is it possible that the best way to strengthen familial relationships is to actually never spend any time with them?
I certainly hope not…
*image from YouGov