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

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Connected will forever change the way we look at one another -- and at ourselves - Happiness is contagious. - Your future spouse is likely to be your friend's friend. - Your friends' friends' friends can make you fat -- or thin. These are just a few of the startling findings of internationally renowned scientists Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler. In Connected, they present intriguing new evidence that our real-life social networks shape virtually every aspect of our lives. How we feel, whom we marry, whether we fall ill, how much money we make, and whether we vote -- everything hinges on what others around us are doing, thinking, and feeling. Connected shows that our world is governed by the Three Degrees Rule -- we influence and are influenced by people up to three degrees removed from us, most of whom we do not even know. For example, your friend's friend's friend has more impact on your happiness than $5,000 in your pocket. Our social networks underlie financial scams, eating disorders, substance abuse, and suicide clusters, but also voter turnout, innovation, altruism, and random acts of kindness. Provocative, insightful, and useful, Connected explains why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer, and much more. Overturning the notion of the primacy of the individual, Connected provides a revolutionary new paradigm -- that, like schools of fish changing direction in unison, we are consciously and unconsciously led by the people around us..
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2009
ISBN: 9780743579100
Branch Call Number: NFBCD 302.3 Chr 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 11 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm., in container
Additional Contributors: Fowler, James H. 1970-


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Oct 10, 2017

Wonderful book. Helped me see things in a totally different light.
I recommend this as mandatory reading in schools. lol
What an eye opener.
if more people read this they would be able to think twice before reacting to what they see and hear.
loved it and keep suggesting to others, particularly to friends taking communications.

JCLChrisK Jul 02, 2013

Humans are social creatures, rarely existing in complete isolation. We live in relationship to each other; we shape and are shaped by each other; you have influence over those around you--even those you haven't met--and they have influence over you. --- This book is a fascinating look at a broad collection of recent studies, by the authors and many others, that attempts to understand the dynamics of our social natures and connectedness. What the authors have found is that social networks reach three degrees of influence--to friends of friends of friends, thousands of people when multiplied out for each individual--even though individuals haven't actually met most of those in their networks of influence. Influence ripples across those first three degrees of separation to a significant level then becomes insignificant at a fourth degree. And just as individuals influence others to three degrees, they are influenced by them as well. --- "Networks influence the spread of joy, the search for sexual partners, the maintenance of health, the functioning of markets, and the struggle for democracy. Yet, social-network effects are not always positive. Depression, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases, financial panic, violence, and even suicide also spread. Social networks, it turns out, tend to magnify whatever they are seeded with." --- Some of it seems a bit obvious--like those who are better connected are more likely to get good jobs--and some of it is surprising--like the way weight gain or loss can skip over a link yet still be in sync. All of it is explored and explained to depths beyond the obvious. It's a lot of food for thought and a lot of ground to cover, and makes for a highly intriguing read.

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