Facebook figured it out: We humans are a highly social species. This tendency is present from a child’s earliest days and is essential to most of their learning.
Babies learn to make eye contact, smile, laugh, frown and even adapt their cry, all for the purpose of communicating with others. Their verbal skills, which are critical for communication and learning, are acquired exclusively through social relationships. Emotions, while present in their rawest form at birth, acquire meaning and purpose only through social give-and-take. And then there is the rest of human culture—the knowledge, values, and skills that we pass down and expand upon in each successive generation. Social interaction is the key that unlocks all of children’s most important learning.
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