The act of adapting behavior to the norms of a culture or society is called socialization. Socialization can also mean going out and meeting people or hanging out with friends.

The word socialization can mean "the process of making social." The socialization of a dog or a cat with humans and with other dogs or cats can establish positive behaviors for pets. It's not a bad idea for people, either. If you constantly chat with your co-workers, your manager might inform you that you are there to work, not for socialization. Maybe he's just jealous because no one talks to him.

Definitions of socialization
  1. noun
    the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture
    “the socialization of children to the norms of their culture”
    synonyms: acculturation, enculturation, socialisation
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    socialization through training and education to develop one's mind or manners
    breeding, bringing up, fosterage, fostering, nurture, raising, rearing, upbringing
    helping someone grow up to be an accepted member of the community
    type of:
    social control
    control exerted (actively or passively) by group action
  2. noun
    the act of meeting for social purposes
    “there was too much socialization with the enlisted men”
    synonyms: socialisation, socialising, socializing
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    type of:
    coming together, meeting
    the social act of assembling for some common purpose
  3. noun
    the action of establishing on a socialist basis
    “the socialization of medical services”
    synonyms: socialisation
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    type of:
    group action
    action taken by a group of people
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