The Village Effect Why Face to Face Contact Is Good for Our Health Happiness Learning and Longevity In her surprising and persuasive new book award winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker explores the crucial long standing but forgotten value of face to face contact in an age of ever expandin

  • Title: The Village Effect: Why Face-to-Face Contact Is Good for Our Health, Happiness, Learning, and Longevity
  • Author: Susan Pinker
  • ISBN: 9781400069576
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In her surprising and persuasive new book, award winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker explores the crucial, long standing but forgotten value of face to face contact in an age of ever expanding online connection From birth to death, human beings are hard wired to connect to other human beings Social networks matter tight bonds of friendship and love heal us, helIn her surprising and persuasive new book, award winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker explores the crucial, long standing but forgotten value of face to face contact in an age of ever expanding online connection From birth to death, human beings are hard wired to connect to other human beings Social networks matter tight bonds of friendship and love heal us, help us to learn and remember, extend our lives and make us happy But not just any social networks we need the real, face to face, in the flesh encounters that tie human families, groups of friends and communities together 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, classroom to workplace, from love to marriage to divorce Her results are enlightening and enlivening, and they challenge our assumptions Most of us have left the literal village behind, and don t want to give up our new technologies and 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.

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    1. I wish that everyone who is addicted to social media and the internet could read this book. There is nothing wrong with social media, but we all need face-to-face contact as well. The message this book delivers is critical to our happiness and well being. I have experienced this first-hand recently. I took myself away from the computer and visited a distant cousin one afternoon. After our visit, I felt so good. We reminisced about our childhoods and I experienced the warmth of her smile. We can [...]

    2. Besides being a well-written social psychology book, this spoke to an increasingly deep yearning in my life: to do a better job connecting with real people, face to face, who are part of my broader circle of friends.Has the Internet given me unprecedented reach to others and ways of connecting with old friends I had lost touch with? Of course. But as Susan Pinker demonstrates, study after study have shown that meaningful personal contact can lengthen lifespan, increase children's ability to read [...]

    3. Pinker connects some fairly disparate seeming facts: people in Sardinian villages have some of the world's longest lifespans; people with serious illnesses are more likely to survive, the more people they socialize with regularly; computers, ipads, and tablets in classrooms do not increase student performance; children who are read to learn more and develop better social skills. The connection she finds and argues for, with a dizzying array of experts and studies in support, is that face-to-face [...]

    4. Did not manage to finish this book. The information is interesting enough, but its presentation is scattered and not compelling. I often disliked the way the author presented statistics, implying or claiming causation when there was no basis for anything but correlation. Face to face contact is great, and I was looking to arm myself to take up its banner with lots of facts presented as part of an entertaining, cohesive argument. Instead, I was slammed over the head with something like this. "On [...]

    5. A fascinating book that has helped me unravel the mystery of why my time in Mexico is so healing for me. I don't have the same life responsibilities there, have no tv and little availability of phone, so I am freed up to enjoy the smorgasbord of face-to-face contact that studies have shown extend life by "fortifying your immune system, calibrating your hormones, and rejigging how the genes that govern your behavior and resilience are expressed." I have the time to talk daily with my tight but di [...]

    6. Very interesting book - made special effort to talk to my children rather than text them and have been persuading Scott he needs to marry me for his own health benefits as well as my own. Let's live in a commune - it's good for our health, I like that idea. I liked that this book was peer reviewed by Stephen Pinker, Susan's brother and Daniel Pink (author of Drive) - what a lot of pinkness.

    7. I read/skimmed this book for my thesis paper.The basic argument of this book is that people need face-to-face interaction. Unfortunately, today there is less and less relationship and community; instead there are virtual communities and online interactions on social media. These, however, don't cut it. Studies have shown that we need actual person-to-person (in real life) contact with others. If we do this, we will be smarter, healthier, and happier.

    8. This book and I got off to a bad start. In the introduction, it said "it's illegal to buy or sell organs for transplantation everywhere in the world except Iran and Singapore." That led to about half an hour of frantic Googling, and yes, you're going to read about it next.WARNING: THIS IS NOT RELATED TO TEXT. SKIP TO NEXT CAPS SECTION TO GET BACK TO THE BOOK REVIEW.First, the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA) says PART IV: PROHIBITION OF TRADING IN ORGANS AND BLOODBuying or selling of organs or [...]

    9. I picked up this book because, being a social media user, I was curious about what the author had to say on this subject. I have to admit that by the end of it my little introverted self is actually looking forward to getting out there to meet more people. It's something that has wavered throughout my life, and while I'm one of those who feels she has a strong online support system, there's just something about face-to-face interaction that just can't be beat. There were some sections of this bo [...]

    10. Susan Pinker wrote a tremendously fascinating book. She investigates the link between an active social circle and its effect on health and longevity. She punches several sacred cows that deal with internet contact and how it fails to live up to it's grand claims. In the book a study was commissioned to explore the effect a parent's reassurances had to a child about an upcoming test. The most effect came from face-to-face interaction. The second from a phone call. Turns out a text message made pr [...]

    11. really should have a zero rating or an "avoid at all costs" rating. In absence of those ratings I had to give this book a one star as that is the lowest permitted. I am not a medical doctor, nor have I reviewed the numerous studies referenced by the authors in this book. That being said, my common sense BS alarm was screaming as I read this book.The authors claims that studies shows that face to face contact can increase life span by up to 15 years and lead to illnesses recovering more quickly. [...]

    12. Very insightful with research to back up topics presented. The conversational tone presents topics in a way all experience levels can comprehend. Whether you are researching the topic or a curious amateur this book delivers.

    13. So many great insights! A must-read for anyone who works in community run organisations or management, but really for everyone!

    14. The perfect technophobe antidote to the tech craze right now. Basically a bunch of studies after studies after studies of face-to-face interaction being seen as our natural state (Of course) which people don't get enough of in our alienating modern world. She (the author) repeats herself about 1000 times regarding the same type of stuff she writes about and it made my head spin and have some trouble getting through the whole text without getting bored to bits. Though there are several very inter [...]

    15. Medicare book, pulls on credible sources and good works such as Danny khanenman but seems more of propaganda "women good, social interaction good , technology bad" as it doesn't offer any real solutions or strategies to declining social networks or face to face interactions just repeatedly drills that's it's happening and the effects are negative . The work seems incomplete as she doesn't explore cause of this shift or suggest viable examples of overcoming social isolation . Go build yourself a [...]

    16. Yüz yüze iletişimin insan sağlığına ve ömrünün uzunluğuna etkisini örneklerle ve yayınlanmış bilimsel makalelerle uzun uzun anlatıyor.Yıldız yerine numara vermiş, açıklama ve makaleleri kitap sonunda bu numaralarla sunmuş. Yoruyor insanı, sayfa altında olmasını tercih ederdim.Bu makallelerde gördüğüm kadarıyla, sosyal medya bağımlılığı, Facebook vs. konularında ne kadar çok makale yazılmış USA'de :)

    17. Interesting subject and how important face to face communication is, not FB or Instagram or texting , but real face to face. In my opinion the author could have shortened the book by a few hundred pages and she would have still gotten her point across. I felt like she was beating a dead horse by the end.

    18. This book really had an impact on me. Discusses the value of face to face time, and this book IS must read for those in the middle of life and seniors. My review isn't doing it justice. The book backs up with science how important face to face time is, for our mental well being. Very powerful message.

    19. Quite dense but very interesting. Reaffirmed my belief in health and social relationships and the last section actually gives you implementable ideas, which is helpful (although I feel there could have been an extra whole book written about that).

    20. A quick read. A good overview of the various studies that show why community and face to face personal interaction is important and why social media or online communication can't compare or provide the same benefits.

    21. Not all the chapters were relevant to my interests, but everything I read was top notch. The book is also well written and very readable. Recommend it along with her recent TED talk.

    22. I saw this in a bookstore in Matakana, and the title intrigued me. I picked up a copy from the library, and found much that interested me. Pinker highlights research that suggest full social lives/ an active social network is good for the health. Her research in this area began when she found a remote Sardinian village where men lived on average as long as the women. Much of the book demonstrates examples of research that show the importance of face to face contact to our health and happiness. P [...]

    23. THE VILLAGE EFFECT - I think the simplest thing I learned from this book is we are definitely in need of human contact in order to survive. In this review when I use the term social network, I do not mean an online network, I mean human contact with family, friends and acquaintances.Ms Pinker has studied a new field – social neuroscience. And it seems to me, the basic conclusion is – people actually need other people in their lives.Face to face contacts and human connections make for a healt [...]

    24. We are genetically and neurologically wired for human contact. Our brains respond to touch, voice, and facial expression. The need for social connection is fundamental and is as essential to good health and longevity as exercise and good nutrition. Social integration is key to longevity. The more sources of connection you have, both close relationships and weaker ties, the better. A strong marriage and one good friend do not provide nearly the protection of more varied networks within your commu [...]

    25. This is a fantastic book that couldn't have come at a a better time. As people are increasingly relying on electronic communications for everything from personal communications to education and business meetings, we need to be constantly reminded of the importance of face to face interactions.Not that this book stops at being a simple reminder. It educates thoroughly, diving deep into the scientific research surrounding human interactions, and the effect we have on each other. I was amazed at wh [...]

    26. In The Village Effect, Susan Pinker grants you the notion that with a solid community, of peers and friends you can meet with regularly, your life will be immeasurably improved. Studies are presented, as well as Pinker's own anecdotes, to build up this case. And it's a compelling argument to read through, and one where before you're even done, you'll be looking at your own life to see where you are. Loneliness kills, slowly and silently, and it's a horrible way to go, with nobody to turn up to y [...]

    27. 4-stars for research and presentation. 1-star for novelty of the info. 1-star for personal usefulness (to me). So, on average 2 stars. Most thinking people already know that humans are social animals, ergo socialization is good for many outcomes, and lack of it bad. For me (and no doubt some others), her message is akin to how-to-succeed in stocks: "buy low, sell high." Not practically useful. Being a life-long loner (eg, me) is a consequence of many factors (personality, genetics, nurture, reje [...]

    28. Susan Pinker's book is all about how important it is to spend time with people- which may have you wondering how she wrote a whole book about it. It turns out there's a whole world of research that looks into how meaningful human contact benefits us in a host of ways, from health and longevity to social contagion and infant-mother bonding. Pinker walks us through the research, from the Sardinian villages where men live as long as women to the social networking sites that don't seem to provide th [...]

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