Ever wondered what our brain is doing while we take a break? During those quiet moments, our brain prepares to "see the world through a social lens", reveals a new study.
The findings explain why Facebook or Twitter are such popular diversions for people who feel like taking a break.
"The brain has a major system that seems predisposed to get us ready to be social in our spare moments. The social nature of our brain is biologically-based"
The research helped resolve a nearly 20-year-old mystery.
Neuroscientists have known since the 1990s that the brain includes a network of regions that seems to be most active during periods of rest.
During quiet moments, the brain is preparing to focus on the minds of other people - or to "see the world through a social lens".
The study was published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.