Connected has ratings and reviews. by. Nicholas A. Christakis, one another are revealed in the studies of Drs. Christakis and Fowler, which have . Connected The surprising power of networks and how they shape our lives – How your friends’ friends’ friends affect everything you think, feel. “Connected,” by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler, is full of this kind of research. “What a colossal waste of money it is for social.

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Feb 12, Cathy rated it really liked it. Research by Lazersfeld and Berelson has shown that online social networks are homophilic i. A study of interconnections between blogs followed clearly illustrates this political divide:. It’s all interesting and somehow simultaneously intuitively truthful and mind-bending.

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Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks

Network science can identify those influential people at the heart of networks, so they can be targeted. May 30, Erika RS rated it it was ok. And the authors aren’t bad writers. I think I cnonected more in the right space of mind to be able to prolong interest in reading it through.

Do you really have to draw these enormous networks to find out how promiscuous high school students transmit syphilis? This could be a good book, were it not for the constant repetitions the authors sure imagine their readers to be simpletons chistakis, the superfluous anecdotes and the overall disjointed writing.

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This is an interesting overview of social connections and how the impact us and our world. Unfortunately, rather than operating in one isolated area of the game it rapidly spread and infected the whole game. Mar 08, Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing. When a friend lives less than 1 mile away becomes happy, it can increase your chance of becoming happy.

The Internet has allowed the rapid spread and co-creation of ideas such as Linux and Firefox and Wikipedia. No trivia or quizzes yet. For example, the discovery that people with social networks where many of their friends don’t know each other, but many do neither isolated nor excessively fractured are the most likely to be able to sway an election by the way they vote, both by increasing the number of people voting and because most of the people you know, have similar opinions to you about who to vote for.


Mar 26, Andy Oram rated it it was amazing. Sure, it’s less influence at each degree, but the unknown people in your myriad networks yield a certain, empirical influence over your actions. Connected presents more material than just a proof of Three Degrees of Influence.

These things spread quickly and for the most part immeasurably. For example, people tend to find jobs and relationship opportunities through distant or weak ties because they have generally already evaluated the opportunities presented by their strong, close ties.

And people at the centre of a network have more influence than those on the periphery. Christakis and Fowler, which have repeatedly made front-page news nationwide. You influence your friends, friends’ friends, and friends’ friends’ friends, and they influence you back.

The larger the group, the greater the complexity. The implications of these insights for medicine, economics and social policy are huge.

And like a super organism our networks are self-replicating and self-annealing they self-repair. Our brains have developed in a way that nichokas with relationships. The most important information tends to come from ties that are distant or weak. This was a good read. In many ways, Christakis and Fowler are rediscovering an old piece of wisdom what happens in your community impacts you, not just what happens in your immediate family and circle of friendsone that the conservative half of this country would be much less surprised at than the liberal half e.

Cf how a flock of geese has no cobnected but it self organises. Un libro molto interessante per la sua concretezza e la sua possibile applicazione in ogni campo. So why did I give it only a 3 star nichopas This book, while it doesn’t tell us everything we need to know, does help make a start in figuring christais the way our social networks are structured, nicholss why that matters.

The carefully build a view of life from many areas of social science while generally admitting that there are alternative ways to interpret the phenomena and end up with one of those “big ideas” that publishers love.

It appears the less innocuous and less pressurised the flow of information, the more open and hence susceptible to the message one is so the hard-sell door stepper is less influential than the casual chat over the garden fence. They also do a fair job of showing how the same patterns can be recognized across each of these topics, with effects for better or worse. When they are sticking to the results of well-designed experiments, Christakis and Fowler have lots which is interesting to say.


Sep 29, Michelle rated it it was ok. The book explores the power of connections through a number of different perspectives such as relationships, emotions, politics, economy, health, evolution, the digital world and systems. I’m quite willing to entertain this big idea: See 2 questions about Connected….

Well, I didn’t find that so surprising or shocking. You also learn to what extent social media has complicated, extended, and entangled your lives with others.

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

For example, stock market crashes or exuberance are much more explained by people being influenced by the network around them, rather than the facts. We’ve layered ourselves in so many overlapping, four-dimensional, self-annealing, anfractuous networks that we exist as single honeycombs in a living hive of millions. If people around you start gaining weight, do you reset your values “It’s actually not so bad to be a little chubby”or do you change your behaviors “I don’t want to gain weight like X”?

It’s tempting to think that we function independently and make our own decisions, but in reality we are strongly influenced by just about everything around us. That being said, I think it was an informative and stimulating read that challenges assumptions and made me reflect on my own position within networks.

How connections and part of our evolutionary DNA Human social network behaviours are hard wired — its genetically conditioned. If you decide to cluster them all together then at least add them in an appendix and refer to them instead of just randomly adding them in the middle of the book.