Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives -- How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Doby Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler
Renowned scientists Christakis and Fowler present compelling evidence for our profound influence on one another's tastes, health, wealth, happiness, beliefs, even weight, as they explain how social networks form and how they operate.
"In a category of works of brilliant originality that can stimulate and enlighten and can sometimes even change the way we understand the world."The New York Times
"An entertaining guide to the mechanics and importance of human networking."Publishers Weekly
"Engaging and insightful...sure-to-be a blockbuster...Connected succeeds in connecting with its audience."SeedMagazine.com
"Illuminating...The authors excel at drawing out the devil in the detail. Connected has profound implications."New Scientist
"Connected explores the startling intricacies of social networks."O, The Oprah Magazine
"Could well be one of the most important works of the decade. Full of fascinating stories and examples. A must read."Ed Diener, Joseph Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology University of Illinois and author of Happiness
"In a social world exploding with new ways to interact, Connected is a user's guide for ourselves in the 21st century."Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics and author of Predictably Irrational
"A God's-eye view of social relationships that may make you dizzy. Every business leader, teacher, and parent should see their life from this vantage."Chip Heath, coauthor Made to Stick
"A lively, well-written account of social networks and their power to shape our lives. The world becomes smaller and more meaningful after reading this engaging book."Sudhir Venkatesh, author of Gang Leader for a Day
"The possibility that we all participate in one mind challenges religion, philosophy, and the meaning of life itself."Deepak Chopra, San Francisco Chronicle
"[In a category of] works of brilliant originality that can stimulate and enlighten and can sometimes even change the way we understand the world."The New York Times
"A clever, cogent, and enjoyable look at the latest thinking about humans in community. It provides a swath of important research in one place for readers and makes it a stimulating read."
Michael Fitzgerald, Boston Globe
"An intellectual but accessible approach. The authors make a persuasive case for the power of social networks to affect everything and everyone."Business Week
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Meet the Author
Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, is a professor at Harvard University with joint appointments in the Departments of Health Care Policy, Sociology, and Medicine, and in 2009 was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. James H. Fowler, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, in the Department of Political Science and The Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, and was named one of the "most inspiring scientists" by the San Diego Science Festival. Christakis and Fowler's research has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Today, and The Colbert Report, and on the front pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.
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There's some interesting information here, but the book expounds on the topic way longer than necessary. It got boring and didactic very fast.
There is truth hidden between the pages of Christakis and Fowler's "Connected," but though true, these "discoveries" are far from anything new. Connected explores the way our social networks help influence us to feel or act in certain ways. For example, we can understand that if one's best friend begins to eat more, we in turn will eat more as well due to the sheer amount of time we share with him or her. The authors of this work, however, spend 10-15+ pages discussing this issue that probably could be summed up sufficiently in five sentences. Over-all, "connected" is not terrible, but it is not earth-shattering either. I would suggest reading it for the few sections that interest you -- keep in mind that in many cases (because both of the authors are male, therefore the male mind is what they understand best) the book can feel very sexist. In summary: not a terrible book, but is rather one I would recommend picking up at the library or used book store. There are more intelligent (for lack of a better word) psychology books on the shelves that are better deserving of your top dollar.