She argues that humans need face-to-face contact, as they need air and water. We have evolved for it, to the extent that those surrounded by a tight-knit group of friends who regularly gather to eat—and, crucially, gossip—live an average of 15 years longer than loners. Quality face-to-face contact is essential for a social species, Pinker writes, citing research that shows it fortifies immune systems, calibrates hormones and increases chances of surviving heart attacks, strokes, AIDS and cancer.

Thinking about moving.

To either Paris or Munich.

Both are around the same latitude.

I speak neither French not German so language is not an issue, I need to learn no matter what.

Valtech has offices in both so I can use my company to make things a little bit easier about finding a job.

At the moment I’m preferring the French culture over Bavarian, but that might change.

Anyway, I’m longing for a change and Paris is winning.