Book Review: The Village Effect: How Face-To-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier and Happier by Susan Pinker

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28 May Book Review: The Village Effect: How Face-To-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier and Happier by Susan Pinker

In a world where technology and social media seem to be taking the place of face-to-face contact, award-winning developmental psychologist Susan Pinker makes a compelling case for the dying act of ‘face-to-face’ contact.

A national columnist, lecturer and broadcaster whose work has garnered many writing awards, Pinker’s ideas have been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Economist, the Atlantic, Financial Times, Der Spiegel, and O, The Oprah Magazine, amongst other publications.

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

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. Her conclusions are enlightening, enlivening and challenge our assumptions. Most of us have left what Pinker refers to as the 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 to thrive–even to survive. Creating our own “village effect” can make us happier.

Also see her Ted Talk.