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

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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Overview

Celebrated scientists Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler explain the amazing power of social networks and our profound influence on one another's lives.

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 Dr. 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316036139
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/12/2011
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 240,624
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nicholas A. Christakis is a physician and sociologist who explores the ancient origins and modern implications of human nature. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, where he is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science, in the Departments of Sociology, Medicine, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Statistics and Data Science, and Biomedical Engineering. He is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science and the co-author of Connected.

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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