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"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
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
Illustration Credits 327
Reading Group Guide 339
Posted September 22, 2012
There's some interesting information here, but the book expounds on the topic way longer than necessary. It got boring and didactic very fast.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 25, 2011
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.
Posted November 30, 2010
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