I was very struck during my visit to Denmark that their people live very high quality of life yet somehow keeps social interaction at a minimum whenever possible. I was later told that it is considered rude to talk to a strangers in Scandanavia because that would invade their personal space.
This leads to my speculation, which is perhaps the extraordinary advancement of Scandanavian welfare state has rendered social connection somewhat irrelevant?
In the past, if you are in need of resources, you must get them from fellow tribesman on the basis of social capital. However, the development of welfare state has resolved that problem by re-distributing resources through impersonal bureaucracy, which makes social interaction optional, as opposed to compulsory.
I wonder if there is merit to this line of speculation? Additionally, does this have unintended consequences such as an increase in loneliness / social isolation / mental health problems in Scandanavian countries?