Social Networks

Everything we do is influenced by social networks.  That’s what Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler argue in their book, “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives“.  While it might seem obvious that if people you meet on a daily basis are upbeat and happy you’re more likely to be happy, it turns out that friends who live far away can influence a lot of behaviors such as smoking, political views, and a host of other things.  In fact, their friends, by influencing them, might have an influence on you that you’re not even aware of.

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