Does yawning mean you have a connection? Yawning is contagious, as everybody knows. A new study shows that “yawn transmission” is more frequent, and faster, between people sharing an emotional bond: close friends, kin, and mates. Everybody knows that yawning is contagious. When a person yawns, other people can respond by yawning.
What is yawning a symbol of? Yawns are considered a sign of boredom or sleepiness, and that could be what early humans were communicating as well. However, early humans may have used yawning to signal their alertness to others, bare their teeth to aggressors, or serve as some other communication tool.
Is yawning subconscious? “You don’t decide to yawn,” Robert Provine, a neuroscientist and the author of “Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond,” told me. “You just do it. You’re playing out a biological program.” We yawn unconsciously and we yawn spontaneously.
What does yawning with another person mean? While it’s not clear what yawning truly communicates, some experts believe that the contagious nature may also be a way of showing empathy and matching the emotional states between people.