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Emma Seppälä on The Power & Science of Social Connection (Full Transcript)

Emma Seppälä

Full text of Emma Seppälä on The Power & Science of Social Connection at TEDx Hayward May 2013 conference.

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TRANSCRIPT: 

I’d like to start with a question for you: just think about how many people in your life you feel close enough to, to share a personal problem with? You can just think for yourself what that number is.

A representative national survey was done where this question was asked to hundreds of people across the United States. And what they found was – this was done in 2004 – what they found was that the mean number of close others that people have, that they feel close enough to share a personal problem with, is two. And the mode, which is the greatest number of people, said zero. That was over 25% of Americans who said zero. That’s one in four people that you meet everyday doesn’t feel that connection.

So what I’m going to share with you today, is the science behind social connection and the secret to how we can improve that in our lives.

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