Social by Matthew D. Leiberman
Human beings are wired to be social – it’s literally built into our brains! When not preoccupied on a specific task, it’s ‘standby’ mode is to process social information. Our lives are constantly experienced through a social lens.
It makes good sense from an evolutionary perspective. In order to increase brain size (thus increasing capacity), human babies today are all born prematurely. Their brains have not fully developed, and they are totally reliant on support from their family. Due to this structural vulnerability, we’ve evolved mechanisms to seek strong connections with others in order to survive.