Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

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Little, Brown, Sep 28, 2009 - Psychology - 368 pages
Celebrated scientists Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler explain the amazing power of social networks and our profound influence on one another's lives.

Your colleague's husband's sister can make you fat, even if you don't know her. A happy neighbor has more impact on your happiness than a happy spouse. These startling revelations of how much we truly influence one another are revealed in the studies of Dr. Christakis and Fowler, which have repeatedly made front-page news nationwide.

In Connected, the authors explain why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer, even how we find and choose our partners. Intriguing and entertaining, Connected overturns the notion of the individual and provides a revolutionary paradigm-that social networks influence our ideas, emotions, health, relationships, behavior, politics, and much more. It will change the way we think about every aspect of our lives.
 

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You might have seen reporting on the phenomenon that weight gain seems to be contagious: having friends gain weight makes it more likely that you will, too, and this is even true if friends of your ... Read full review

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I had a hard time grading this book, as I had a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. The subject matter fits in great with the other memetics and social networking books I've been reading, but at ... Read full review

Contents

Cover
When You Smile the World Smiles with
Love the One Youre With
The Buck Starts Here
Politically Connected
Its in Our Nature
Hyperconnected
The Whole Is Great
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Nicholas A. Christakis is a physician and sociologist who explores the ancient origins and modern implications of human nature. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, where he is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, in the Departments of Sociology, Medicine, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Statistics and Data Science, and Biomedical Engineering. He is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science and the co-author of Connected.

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