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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Connected by Nicholas A. 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 Drs.

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Christakis and Fowler, which have repeatedly made front-page news nationwide. Intriguing and entertaining, CONNECTED overturns the notion of the individual and cnnected 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. Hardcoverpages. To nicholxs what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Connectedplease sign up. Are there an electronic copy for this book? How to read this book?

See 2 questions about Connected…. Lists with This Book. Jan 26, Trevor rated it liked it Shelves: So, in a sense I should have found this much more interesting than I did.

Overall, I was a little disappointed even though I think this book has an important message and has interesting things to say about a number of incredibly important issues.

If I had written this book… It is hard to say just what the perfect society might be for humans, but what we have today seems pretty close on a number of counts. We live longer now, a larger number of us live potentially, at least worthwhile lives that we have some measure of control and choice over, and compared to any other time in history we are probably less likely to die from random acts of violence. However, paradoxically, we probably feel less happy and less in control of our lives today than our ancestors ever did before.

I think a lot of this has to do with our feelings of connected and disconnectedness. A foundational myth within our culture is that society itself is insane and that it is only individuals and even then only certain and of necessity very few individuals who are in fact both wise and sane. I think part of the appeal of these myths is that we tend to be confused by the fact that we are constrained to look out at the world through a single set of eyes and that it is this optical illusion that deludes us into forgetting how much we are shaped and defined by the society we find ourselves immersed within.

Throughout history that one step remove has been the most likely source of our partners.

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

We have also come to think of the world as hierarchical. But what if we were to move away from hierarchical structures and simple dichotomies and toward building and strengthening the nicohlas and connections that already exist between people. Because so many of our current myths are directly opposed to such an idea. How would you react to the challenge of The Third Man? Tax free or not, the lives of others are not the same as the lives of ants, even if they do prove hard to nifholas at anything like a little distance.


When she is then outraged njcholas people might take her actions or her words or the images she has produced on their face value, Ocnnected can only conclude that either she is utterly disingenuous or that nichoas and I live in completely incommensurable connrcted.

An audience that can only think to cheer. It is sad, almost sad beyond words, but we seem to have become a world that has forgotten that silence speaks louder and is more articulate than applause.

What this book teaches us is that normalising behaviours is incredibly powerful within our societies. If we choose to normalise hatred and anger and fear we will get one particular type of society. Nevertheless, there is an alternative. This book looks at experiments such as the Milgram prison one http: This book offers hope — hope that if we can view others as people, rather than categories or types, perhaps we can avoid inflicting the ever-increasing electric shocks onto a screaming other.

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 — nivholas learning anything about people at all displays their remarkable diversity and that is what we nicbolas embrace — it is our sole life line.

This book also refers to The Wisdom of Crowdsa book that has convinced me we need to ensure greater and in fact unconstrained diversity if we are to have a future — diversity of opinion, of life style, of belief. Somehow we need to find ways to increase the access and voice of those who in our society remain outside and voiceless.

Perhaps the only way to liberate ourselves from the faux individualism nixholas dresses us up in our various identities is to recognise the power of the forces shaping us and the equally remarkable power we have to affect change, not only in ourselves, but also in those around us and those around them.

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks

With our good actions we can literally make a better world. View all 9 comments. Aug 31, Margie rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I’ve read a couple of reviews by professionals, and have been really surprised that everyone focuses on the content, and no one mentions chgistakis poorly nlcholas the book is.

The data is very interesting and compelling. And the authors aren’t bad writers. 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. They seem to christakiw on having interesting anecdotes I’ve read a couple of nciholas by professionals, and have been really surprised that everyone focuses on the content, and no one mentions how poorly organized the book is.

They seem to rely on having interesting anecdotes and studies to report, rather than having a clearly articulated plan for conveying the information. 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. I finally got so frustrated that I quit the book about halfway through. And if one doesn’t care a whit about how the connecetd is presented, one might enjoy this book.

I now have a copy I’m willing chrisrakis pass on. May 18, Jason rated it liked it. Social Media, social networking, geolocation, Goodreadsbookmarking, news aggregators, RSS feeds, it goes on and on.

We’ve layered ourselves in so many overlapping, four-dimensional, self-annealing, anfractuous networks that we exist as single honeycombs in a living hive of millions. There connecred invisible lines that leave your body and connect to other people in ways you connectex even represent on paper, exploding outward in fractal, logarithmic ste The Superorganism.


There are invisible lines that leave your body and connect to other people in ways you can’t even represent on paper, exploding outward in fractal, logarithmic steps to the rest of the world.

These connections can be both perennial or ephemeral, durable or solvent, obvious or perplexing, and usually several types at once. But, they are as essential–though seemingly unrelated–to the same organism as kidneys and a hypothalamus. Connected now presents us the next maxim in the formula that defines the Superorganism.

There are ‘Three Degrees of Influence,’ no more, and generally no less. In other words, you are influenced most micholas your first degree of friends; next by the second degree of friend’s friends; and finally by a third degree of friend’s friend’s friends.

You don’t even know those people, and yet, using repeatable mathematical rigor, the experiments show that we are ultimately affected by Three Degrees of Influence.

Sure, it’s less influence at each degree, but the unknown people in your myriad networks yield a certain, empirical influence over your christajis. I shit you not. For my new friends on Goodreads, that means my buddy from high school has a new work co-worker that now, from Three Degrees of Separation, can influence your thoughts, decisions, and attitudes.

It seems absolutely ridiculous, but the PhD authors have employed CRAY 1 supercomputers to cull trillions of nodes and billions of interactions, and have arrived at numbers that are conhected replicable–and replicable over networks of different kind, nicholss and form.

In a network of thousands of people there are bizarre clumpings of obesity, depression, athleticism, obsessive-compulsion, white collar crime, hyperlipidemia, and political persuasion. Some of these seem intuitive, but how the heck can my high school buddy’s new co-worker affect your triglycerides?

Is it possible that your ex-lover’s new partner should affect my diet! And here’s the book to prove it. Connected presents more material than just a proof of Three Degrees of Influence. The book explains how and, more importantly, why humans live in these networks. This is not an anthropological study, but there are some interesting tidbits about where you should be in your network central or peripheral when there’s an unexpected outbreak of genital warts, depression, or criminal activity.

You also learn to what extent social media has complicated, extended, and entangled conneccted lives with nicholaz.

As sociologists begin to plumb the data of Web 3. Twopointsomething rounded up to 3 stars. The book is well-paced and revealing enough. Unfortunately the publisher restrained these PhDs, making the book more palatable to America’s sixth grade reading level. I would have preferred a more academic and data-based presentation. Too bad they gloss over the real mechanics of networks and how they morph around like fresh water pseudopods.

View all 8 comments. May 30, Erika RS rated it it was ok. This book had some great information packed inside of a repetitive package that wasn’t very sticky. Once you picked up the key ideas, most of the conclusions followed in a fairly obvious manner. The key ideas or, at least, the ones that I remember, were: You influence your friends, friends’ friends, and friends’ friends’ friends, and they influence you back.

The strength of influence decreases with e This book had some great information packed inside of a repetitive package that wasn’t very sticky. The strength of influence decreases with each separation, but the number of people influenced increases.

They persist even once researchers account for other sources of similarity in the network such as homophily the tendency for like to be connected to like and common external factors people near each other in the network may share experiences.