Exactly How Social You Are Could Be Biological

Researchers have found that your genes can determine how many friends you make, and if you’re the life of the party or sitting at home with a book.

Is your brother really friendly? Does he always seem to have a group around, ready to hang out, share a meal or a game of tennis, and you don’t?

You certainly have different personalities and preferences, and part of it may have to do with the environment you’re both living in. If you’re excited by and interested in your neighborhood, the chances are greater that you’ll make friends with the people living there.

Or, you may feel compelled to stay in touch with friends who may have moved away, but you still like to hear from and meet with from time to time.

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But the rest of it could be your genetics.

“Why some individuals seek social engagement and friendship while others shy away, may well be dependent on the expression and sequence of two genes in their bodies,” say researchers involved in a study from the National University of Singapore.

Like many aspects of social interaction, it has to do with oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone released by your body and it’s said to be the most important chemical element when it comes to human relationships. Researchers say it everything from affects pair-bonding, to mating, child-rearing and more sophisticated human behaviors like feeling empathy, trust and generosity.

A group of researchers has found that young adults who have higher expression of the CD38 gene as well as differences in CD157 gene sequence are generally friendlier people. They have a greater amount of close friends, and display more social skills than others.

What can you do if this isn’t you? Enjoy the benefits of being a hermit and roll with it.

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