Image: Sandy and co. were onto something. (Paramount Pictures)
Isn’t it funny how in films, total strangers become instant best friends after an “impromptu” sing and dance? Not to mention the fact that they just all happen to know the exact same dance routine and perform in perfect harmony. (I’m looking at you, High School Musical.)
While the thought of doing this in real life seems ridiculous, it turns out those cheesy sing-a-longs might have actually been on to something.
For the study, published in the October edition of the Royal Society of Open Science, researchers followed newly-formed singing and non-singing (such as crafts or creative writing) adult education classes for a period of seven months. (Post continues after gallery.)
The 100 participants were required to rate how close they felt to the rest of the group, on a scale of one to seven, before and after each class at one month, three months and seven months.
While singers and non-singers felt equally connected by the end of the experiment, the results showed singers experienced much faster bonding — they reported feeling almost two points closer at the one month mark compared to the non-singing group.
So forget embarassing name games or ‘fun facts’ — singing could be the secret ice breaker needed to make friends quickly.
“Singing seems to break the ice so you have this big upfront kick start to the process of social bonding,” lead researcher and evolutionary neuroscientist Eiluned Pearce told Science Magazine.
While this is news that will make good singers, well, sing, it has also some important benefits for those of us who are less vocal. It’s been shown creating and maintaining positive social relationships is essential for our physical and mental health and well-being. (Post continues after video.)