A 2016 meta-analysis in the journal Computers in Human Behavior showed a correlation “between social anxiety and feelings of comfort online.” Computer mediated communication offers a few key features that may appeal to socially anxious individuals: “text-based communication with reduced audio and visual cues,” “anonymity,” and asynchronicity (i.e., there is no immediate need to respond).
Emotions, cognitions, social context, and level of intimacy are just a few of the possible complications affecting the way that people interact at a nonverbal level.
Therefore, evolution likely proceeded in a way that resulted in our being biologically programmed to wire our automatic and repetitive behavioral responses in most environmental contests - in particular social contexts - in accordance with what we learn from our interactions with those attachment figures.
Even though a dissimilar person would be more likely to actually provide new knowledge and experiences, research has shown that people are more likely to see self-expansion opportunities when interacting with someone who is similar, rather than dissimilar to them.
In an unfortunate feedback loop, child development theorists have taken the cultural bias of separation and independence and created theories that are then used to guide parents in raising there children.
In order to build AIs with human-like intelligence—AIs who can interact socially, who are able to work with us to achieve goals, and who are behaviorally and intellectually similar to beloved characters from Star Trek and Star Wars—we must first create one fundamental feature almost entirely missing from their current design.