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 Do

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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.
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Overview

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.
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The Internet age has provoked some quips that Andy Warhol's "in the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes" has been superseded by "in the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen people." At this point, few would deny the major significance of social networks, but perhaps those proliferating people connections have never been presented as vividly or as entertainingly as in this book. In Connected, versatile Harvard scientist Nicholas Christakis and University of California political science professor James Fowler make a compelling case that social networks hold powerful influence over our health, taste, wealth, happiness, beliefs, and even our weight. Never have contagions been so entertaining.
Daniel Gilbert
"Christakis and Fowler have written the book on the exciting new science of social networks. CONNECTED could change your life forever. How? Read it yourself and find out."
The New York Times
"[In a category of] works of brilliant originality that can stimulate and enlighten and can sometimes even change the way we understand the world."
SeedMagazine.com
"Engaging and insightful...sure-to-be a blockbuster...Connected succeeds in connecting with its audience."
New Scientist
"Illuminating...The authors excel at drawing out the devil in the detail. Connected has profound implications."
SmartMoney.com
"Intriguing."
The Oprah Magazine O
"Connected explores the startling intricacies of social networks."
Ed Diener
"Could well be one of the most important works of the decade. Full of fascinating stories and examples. A must read."
Dan Ariely
"In a social world exploding with new ways to interact, Connected is a user's guide for ourselves in the 21st century."
Chip Heath
"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."
Sudhir Venkatesh
"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."
Deepak Chopra - San Francisco Chronicle
"The possibility that we all participate in one mind challenges religion, philosophy, and the meaning of life itself."
Michael Fitzgerald
"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."
Business Week
"An intellectual but accessible approach. The authors make a persuasive case for the power of social networks to affect everything and everyone."
From the Publisher
"Christakis and Fowler have written the book on the exciting new science of social networks. CONNECTED could change your life forever. How? Read it yourself and find out."—Daniel Gilbert, bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness

"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

"Groundbreaking."—Kirkus

"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

"Intriguing."—SmartMoney.com

"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

Kirkus
"Groundbreaking."
Publishers Weekly
"An entertaining guide to the mechanics and importance of human networking."
The New York Times
"[In a category of] works of brilliant originality that can stimulate and enlighten and can sometimes even change the way we understand the world."
SeedMagazine.com
"Engaging and insightful...sure-to-be a blockbuster...Connected succeeds in connecting with its audience."
New Scientist
"Illuminating...The authors excel at drawing out the devil in the detail. [Connected] has profound implications."
SmartMoney.com
"Intriguing."
Deepak Chopra
"The possibility that we all participate in one mind challenges religion, philosophy, and the meaning of life itself."
San Francisco Chronicle
Business Week
"An intellectual but accessible approach. The authors make a persuasive case for the power of social networks to affect everything and everyone."
Deepak Chopra
The possibility that we all participate in one mind challenges religion, philosophy, and the meaning of life itself.
San Francisco Chronicle
Scott Stossel
In their writing, [Christakis and Fowler] are endearingly excitable, ranging enthusiastically across science and culture to find gee-whiz insights and unexpected results that support their arguments.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Harvard professor and health care policy specialist Christakis (Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care) became interested in social connectivity when observing that the mortality rate of spouses spike after a partner passes away. Christakis sought out a collaboration with Fowler, a health systems and political scientist, and together they compare topology (the hows of a given structure) across different social networks to better explain how participation and positioning enhances the effectiveness of an individual, and why the "whole" of a network is "greater than the sum of its parts." Five basic rules describe the relationship between individuals and their networks-including mutual adaptation, the influence of friends and friends' friends, the network's "life of its own"-but the results do more than promote the good of the group: they also spread contagions; create "epidemics" of obesity, smoking and substance abuse; disseminate fads and markets; alter voting patterns; and more. A thorough but popular take on a complex phenomenon, this volume offers an entertaining guide to the mechanics and importance of human networking. 13 b/w illustrations, 8-page color insert.
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Kirkus
"Groundbreaking...."
MarieClaire.com
"The book has all sorts of interesting information about how our friends influence our lives, for better and for worse."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316036139
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 1/12/2011
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 266,952
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Preface xiii

1 In the Thick of It 3

2 When You Smile, the World Smiles with You 33

3 Love the One You're With 61

4 This Hurts Me As Much As It Hurts You 95

5 The Buck Starts Here 135

6 Politically Connected 172

7 It's in Our Nature 210

8 Hyperconnected 253

9 The Whole Is Great 287

Acknowledgments 307

Notes 311

Illustration Credits 327

Index 329

Reading Group Guide 339

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Some interesting info, but long, laborious presentation

    There's some interesting information here, but the book expounds on the topic way longer than necessary. It got boring and didactic very fast.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Fascinating Topic; Vague Execution

    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.

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    Posted November 30, 2010

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