For a trucker, having social life is very important due to the simple fact that they spend so much time alone on the road. When a professional of the wheel returns home, even if he is tired, the moment he receives a call from a friend or a family member to enjoy a barbecue or other activity, his mood changes automatically, forgetting his fatigue. Therefore, social life is very important to a trucker.
For a trucker, having friends not only gives him the chance to have a good time, but also has a very positive effects on his health. According to professional studies, having friends is similar to the effects of a “healthy drug” and the adrenaline produced when friends are reunited improves health.
A study made by the University of Birmingham Young (EE. UU.) states that not having friends is a serious problem, because you become timid; your self-esteem decreases; you feel bored; and there is a higher risk of entering a deep depression. Even the study says this could be more harmful to health than sedentary life or in some cases being addicted to alcohol or drugs.
Truckers who have social relationships increase the length of their lives. After following a group of people for a decade, Australian scientists confirmed that if truckers are part of a circle of friends, they have 22% less risk of dying. The simple contact with friends can extend people lives.
Other studies like the one from Duke University, which followed a group of men affected by heart problems, found that after five years half of the men died faster while the other half, the ones who kept constant contact with friends, survived.
For a trucker, finding or keeping in touch with childhood friends plays a very important role in his health. According to the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, meeting old friends and remembering anecdotes and childhood pranks provokes laughter, which allows these men to be distracted from the anxiety of eating many fattening food. According to a private survey with several professionals at the wheel, better known as truckers, when they spend time talking to other truckers on the CB radio during long routes, the journey gets shorter. Others prefer to talk with friends on the phone about problems at work, about not arriving to an appointment on time, and other conversations that make trips more entertaining.
According to different truckers’ opinions, having friends is a good hobby. ETM