Sharing in the modern world of social media has taken on a whole new context. Self-enhancement is a driving factor in why sharing is at an all-time high. Sharing in this sense has effects on our lives and is a telling view of our own personality. This study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) details the emotional connection hardwired into the science of sharing. We share what we like, but more so what we'd like others to see us sharing. We want to be associated with this amazing or beautiful or unique thing. People are more likely to share an emotive song, or a video clip that connects with humanity at large. As viral videos are passed, we are creating one huge, shared experience. This is a major factor in why movies have been so powerful for the last 100 years. There are stunning images, wistful scores, emotional investment in the character, amazing scenery, stunning climax, and we get to gossip about it later! What's not to love?!
Now, take that understanding of a shared experience and relate it to some of the most basic exchanges undertaken by students, sharing notes. When you share, it is far more than simply showing a few other pals what you wrote down in class. You are sharing your perspective and in exchange you are gaining insights from every interaction. Real talk, numerous studies show you deepen your connection to those whom you share with. This social bonding is another crucial reason you should be developing your sharing skills. Sharing encourages discussion, questions and debate. People thrive on conversations, and “conversations thrive on ordinary topics,” according to Gus Cooley Harvard PHD student and author of the above study. As you familiarize yourself with your peers the fanaticism and competitiveness will ebb. With egos out of the way you are free to focus on studying, learning and exchanging knowledge.