Hope this helps.“According to a recent study, people with many social ties report catching colds less often than do people with few social ties. Consequently, researchers conclude that having an active social life probably helps strengthen the immune system. The researchers note that catching a cold — one of a family of highly contagious viruses — gives the cold sufferer temporary immunity to that virus in the future, but not to the many other related viruses. Merely being exposed to a new cold virus, however, is not enough for a person to catch a cold, since a strong immune system can successfully fight off some new viruses. Thus, in order to prevent catching a cold, people should strengthen their immune systems by becoming more active socially.
The argument proves to be a weak one and poorly thought out and constructed. It does not prove the authenticity of the study conducted and also does not indicate how many people and in what age group took part. Without taking these points into consideration it is very unwise to draw conclusions such as “Social life helps in strengthening the immune system". It does not discuss epidemic diseases (contracted by coming in contact with other people) which are more likely spread through social gatherings.
Every individual has a different immune system, depending directly on their lifestyle, health and age group. Healthy people who are young adults have less chances of becoming ill because their immune system is strong as compare to the immune system of old people and children.. Those who are already sick have weak immunity for other diseases too and are more prone to catch these diseases. In any social gathering, the majority are young adults whose immune system is already strong and they therefore have less likelihood of catching diseases. The above argument should compare those young adults who participate in social gatherings and those who not do so. Then it may have found a different result.
The above study should also consider the lifestyle of the people. Those who take preventative measures, practice good hygiene and avoid coming in contact with disease are less likely to infection. Similarly, people who have better financial status and can afford to live and work in a neat and clean environment with access to nutritious fresh food and good health care are also less likely to catch anything. A life style which includes exercising and relaxation, and excludes stress and worries, makes the immune system strong. Without taking these points into consideration, and relating the condition of the immune system only to social activity, the conclusion is not appropriate.
The argument should also discuss how exposure to different disease-causing micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa etc affects immunity. A social person has more chances to come in contact with different types of such micro-organisms. Social gatherings play an important role in spreading diseases. What are the epidemic diseases? They are nothing but those diseases which spread from person to person. The argument also doesn’t consider that there are many more diseases which are highly contagious and that, however strong the immune system is, it cannot protect against them all.
When a person becomes social he/she has more likelihood of contracting these diseases.
There are many better ways to make the immune system strong than to become merely social. For instance vaccination and a healthy lifestyle. To avoid those diseases for which vaccinations are not available, precaution is a must. There is a famous saying: “Prevention is better than cure.”
There are many other benefits to being social, so one should not stop. However, precautions should be taken. But to suggest that as a way of making their immune system strong people must become social is a thoroughly misleading statement.
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