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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. Marrying the findings of the new field of social neuroscience together 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. 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" can make us happier. It can also save our lives.
©2014 Susan Pinker (P)2014 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By joseph flow on 09-07-17

this is a book you need to put to your face

it is a great message for our time and one we need listen to before our lives became even more online it is not anti internet book more than a jump start to being more socal face 2 face in the modern world

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carla Baccio on 02-05-15

It's like Siri is reading the book.

Funny that this is a book that talks about real interaction. I could swear that the reading is automatic by Siri or a computer interpreting the words. The information is great, had a hard time listening to the female voice that sounds like a computer.

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