More and more communication is moving online away from in-person communication.

This is having an adverse effect on women in particular.

A two-part survey of 1,000 Americans has found startling results about the communication styles between men and women and their direct correlation to mental health.

New York City-based marketing firm EvolveMKD partnered with research firm Ipsos, to complete the study which showed that despite the vast range of communication available to women before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been reporting greater declines than men in their mental health over the past decade.

The pandemic changed the way people communicated, shifting from in-person to online.

Despite 93 per cent of women saying they preferred in-person communication to other modes, the survey found a link between in-person communication and women’s mental health — in fact, 4 in 10 women said in-person communication was directly linked to their mental health.

Megan Driscoll, CEO and Founder of EvolveMKD, said people’s styles of communication have continued to evolve and for women in particular, “…it’s no surprise that the way we interact with others and our mental health are closely entwined.”

“We undertook this research to get a better understanding of why women seem to be suffering more with mental health issues, even though they have a reputation of being better communicators,” Driscoll said.