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

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Little, Brown, Sep 28, 2009 - Social Science - 368 pages
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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 Drs. 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

Preface
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
Acknowledgments
Notes
Illustration Credits
About the Authors
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Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of medicine and sociology at the University of Chicago.

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