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After doing 200 studies on sports fans, Daniel Wann, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Murray State University in Kentucky and author of Sports Fans: The Psychology and Social Impact of Spectators, finds that "people who identify themselves as sports fans tend to have lower rates of depression and higher self-esteem than those who don’t."
Here's why: "Being a fan gives us something to talk about, to share, and bond with others. And for the vast majority of people, it’s psychologically healthier when you can increase social connections with others.”
From mental to physical to emotional health, research shows being a crazy sports nut makes you anything but crazy
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