Connected has ratings and reviews. by. Nicholas A. Christakis, one another are revealed in the studies of Drs. Christakis and Fowler, which have . Connected The surprising power of networks and how they shape our lives – How your friends’ friends’ friends affect everything you think, feel. “Connected,” by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler, is full of this kind of research. “What a colossal waste of money it is for social.

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These connections can be both perennial or ephemeral, durable or solvent, obvious or perplexing, and usually several types at once. This site uses cookies.

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

No trivia or quizzes yet. We are more influenced by people of the same sex. A team of people just thrown together doesn’t work too well, nor does one who all know each other very well and have nothing fresh coming in from outside.

With our good actions we can literally make a better world. I get that the authors applied their findings to different areas and did thorough research and I respect that.

I would recommend it to everyone interested in these approaches. Do you really have to draw these enormous networks to find out how promiscuous high school students transmit syphilis? But I’m simply stunned that people who talk about using visualization software to map the topology of social networks can’t come up with some workable, organized map of how to present their findings.

For having one of the authors be a sociologist was disappointing. Donnected book, while it doesn’t tell us everything we need to know, does help make a start in figuring out the way our social networks are structured, and why that matters.


This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. People with more ties will get even more and those with few ties will get left behind — thus the Internet merely amplifies their current situation. Perhaps an abbreviated or abstract form would be more desirable; at least for me.

There were many, many points at which I found myself wondering whether the conclusions presented were drawn directly from some research or were merely interesting thoughts the authors had. And as in the Seven Up series, we will quickly see that people are rarely fully defined by their class or the box we might like to place them in — that learning anything about people at all displays their remarkable diversity and that is what we must embrace — it is our sole life line.

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Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks

All of us instinctively seem to know or pick up our place nicolas a given network, eg workplace, new church etc. What a terrible thing to do to such a great subject. In particular, the description of social networks as “superorganism” did not agree with me. I’m quite willing to entertain this big idea: You are commenting using your Facebook account.

This is a wonderful book. For networks to be effective they also need ties into other networks — e. We are now hyper connected, sharing large chunks of our daily lives with a wide group of friends — thus we know more about more people.

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For example, stock market crashes or exuberance are much more explained by people being influenced by the network around them, rather than the facts. They can capture and contain information that is transmitted across people and can perform computations conneched aggregate millions of decisions such as setting a market price or deciding who will be elected. Also, there are inconsistencies in the place of individuals in networks, in particular when the authors introduce the notion of ‘memory’ into their network concept.

Eventually they had to switch the game off, clean out the infection and then reboot the system. If you’re one to read non-fiction to pickup interesting factoids to share, this book is definitely recommended.

Surely, there are some great findings in this but the overall text i If I had a buck for every “friends” in this book – or every “friends’ friends” or “friends’ friends’ friends” I’d be able to buy my own social network now.

I now have a copy I’m willing nicholaas pass on. Likewise in teams, emotions quickly spread — And when a team is happy, its been shown that performance improves. The book however offers a vast amount of examples to support network theory.

I keep on looking for a book that links social network theory to existing theories and concepts in the social sciences. Unfortunately the publisher restrained these PhDs, making the book more palatable to America’s sixth grade reading level.

Such a waste of time and money.

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