“Life is hard in the small Sardinian village of Villagrande Strisaili. The men, writes Canadian clinical psychologist Susan Pinker, live “hard-scrabble lives” as farmers and labourers, the women cook and look after others right into old age. But life is also long. Men as well as women frequently live past 100, a generation of octogenarians still care for their parents. Why? Pinker points to the strong social networks, the support given to the elderly and the constant companionship they enjoy. “Getting older in central Sardinia is an intensely communal affair.”
Susan Pinker says real world social circles are essential to our wellbeing and health, and as valuable as exercise and good diet. Susan Pinker sits down with Steve Paikin to discuss what it lost when we rely on social media for our human connections.