In her surprising, entertaining, and persuasive new
book, award-winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker shows how face-to-face
contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity.
From birth to death, human beings are hardwired to
connect to other human beings. Face-to-face contact matters: tight bonds of
friendship and love heal us, help children learn, extend our lives, and make us
happy. Looser, in-person bonds matter, too, combining with our close
relationships to form a personal “village” around us, one that exerts unique
effects. Not just any social networks will do; we need the real, in-the-flesh
encounters that tie together human families, groups of friends, and communities.
Marrying the findings of the new field of social
neuroscience with gripping human stories, Susan Pinker explores the impact of
face-to-face contact from cradle to grave, from city to Sardinian mountain
village, from classroom to workplace, from love to marriage to divorce. Her
results are enlightening and enlivening, and they challenge many of our assumptions.
Most of us have left the literal village behind and don’t want to give up our
new technologies to go back there. But, as Pinker writes so compellingly, we
need close social bonds and uninterrupted face time with our friends and
families in order to thrive—even to survive. Creating our own “village effect”
makes us happier. It can also save our lives. Download and start listening now!