Connected: The Surprising Power of Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives Paperback – 1 Jan 2010
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PRAISE FOR "CONNECTED":
"Christakis and Fowler have written "the" book on the exciting new science of social networks. With passion and precision, these two internationally renowned scientists expose the invisible webs that connect each of us to the other, and in so doing cast our lives here together in an astonishing new light. We think we are individuals who control our own fates, but as Christakis and Fowler demonstrate, we are merely cells in the nervous system of a much greater beast. If someone you barely know reads CONNECTED, it could change your life forever. How? Read it yourself and find out." -- Daniel Gilbert, bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness
"Groundbreaking...." -- Kirkus
"Intriguing." -- SmartMoney.com
"Connected argues convincingly that it's not enough to understand how individuals behave. The book details examples of how individual behaviors affect other members of a social network."-ScienceNews.com
"From health and happiness to fads and financial markets, Christakis and Fowler take us on a dazzling tour of the world of social networks. And in showing how these networks matter in our individual lives, the authors also make the deeper point that "network thinking" is the key to understanding how all our lives fit together."-Duncan Watts, author of "Six Degrees"
"Christakis and Fowler have written "the" book on the exciting new science of social networks. With passion and precision, these two internationally renowned scientists expose the invisible webs that connect each of us to the other, and in so doing cast our lives here together in an astonishing new light. We think we are individuals who control our own fates, but as Christakis and Fowler demonstrate, we are merely cells in the nervous system of a much greater beast. If someone you barely know reads CONNECTED, it could change your life forever. How? Read it yourself and find out."-- "The book has all sorts of interesting information about how our friends influence our lives, for better and for worse." "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""
"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""
"The book has all sorts of interesting information about how our friends influence our lives, for better and for worse." "MarieClaire.com""
"This wonderful book by Christakis and Fowler could well be one of the most important works of the decade. In a clear and engaging way, the authors apply their creative and provocative findings on social networks to understanding not only our social relationships but also the forces that shape our world. Full of fascinating stories and examples, this book is essential in understanding our very nature. A must read." "Ed Diener, Joseph Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology University of Illinois and author of "Happiness"""
"Fascinating... the dozens of interconnected stories of research findings by Chriastkis and Fowler and others leave me eager to learn about the next wave of research in this area." "Andrew Gelman, author of Red State, Blue State""
"What makes us human -- for good and bad -- is our social nature. Nowhere is this complex, wonderful, and sometimes dark part of us more clearly revealed than in "Connected." 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, author "Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die"""
"An old adage tells us, 'You can't chose your family.' After reading Connected, you will find that you can't choose many things in your life. Others choose them for you! Christakis and Fowler take a fresh look at an old idea: that who we know matters. Connected is a lively, well-written account of social networks and their power to shape our lives. Complicated ideas become easy to understand and the mysteries of science unfold in front of your eyes. The world becomes smaller and more meaningful after reading this engaging book." "Sudhir Venkatesh, author of Gang Leader for a Day"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In some ways the book is depressing, in that you learn that it is largely out of your hands as to how you are influenced by your social connections and also your own position in a social network is something over which you have little control.
Here are some of the things I learnt from reading (and extrapolating from) this book
1. We won't understand humans just by thinking of individuals, or yet of social class or race, So things about us are only explicable by seeing us as part of networks. For example, stock market crashes (or exuberance) are much more explained by people being influenced by the network around them, rather than the facts.
2. We affect others in many striking and unexpected ways, and these effects only die out after three degrees of separation: friends of friends of friends.Happiness, obesity, suicide, political affiliation, how piano teachers find new pupils, all show up as clusters in networks. Many things work better (health messages, evangelism) when we think of reaching a network rather than reaching a set of individuals. Persuade a well-connected person to change, and change may spread through the network; persuade someone on the edge of things, and only her or she may change.
All of us instinctively seem to know or pick up our place in a given network, eg workplace, new church etc. We know if we're on the edge; we know if we're well-connected, and that knowledge affects our wellbeing.
3. Because we influence others so much (I think) it is important who speaks first at a meeting.Read more ›
Social networking influences are massive and reaping the benefits of this for yourself- whether you are in business, politics or want to cultivate friendship is the key to success. Smile and the world smiles with you - says one of the first chapters.
Being the Christmas season I couldn't help but notice how houses that are lit in a crazy manner, covered in lights and santas also spread their madness to adjacent properties. Have a look when you are driving and you will see I am right. This Christmas light syndrome gradually peters out and then there is lots of unlit houses where the influence has died off until you come accross to another group of similar thinking people.
Detailed explanations of soical networks fill this book. It is a great book for armchair anthropologists like myself and I look forward to a good read over Christmas.