Version: Unabridged
Author: Nicholas A. Christakis
Narrator: James H. Fowler
Genres: Non-Fiction, Science & Technology
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: September 2009
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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Connected will forever change the way we look at one another -- and at ourselves

- Happiness is contagious.

- Your future spouse is likely to be your friend's friend.

- Your friends' friends' friends can make you fat -- or thin.

These are just a few of the startling findings of internationally renowned scientists Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler. In Connected, they present intriguing new evidence that our real-life social networks shape virtually every aspect of our lives. How we feel, whom we marry, whether we fall ill, how much money we make, and whether we vote -- everything hinges on what others around us are doing, thinking, and feeling.

Connected shows that our world is governed by the Three Degrees Rule -- we influence and are influenced by people up to three degrees removed from us, most of whom we do not even know. For example, your friend's friend's friend has more impact on your happiness than $5,000 in your pocket. Our social networks underlie financial scams, eating disorders, substance abuse, and suicide clusters, but also voter turnout, innovation, altruism, and "random" acts of kindness.

Provocative, insightful, and useful, Connected explains why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer, and much more. Overturning the notion of the primacy of the individual, Connected provides a revolutionary new paradigm -- that, like schools of fish changing direction in unison, we are consciously and unconsciously led by the people around us..

Reviews (1)

ankle bone connected to the leg bone and...

Written by Anonymous from Pace, FL on January 4th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

boring, only begins to sum it up. Initially I was thinking ok, so this guy will lay out his idea/ theory/concept, and then move on to applying it... only he didn't. it was one theory, followed by another theory, followed by another. And he isn't all that interesting to listen to either! I admit, the first 3 tracks were remotely interesting, and the others, well the snowy, curvy roads I was travelling on were a godsend. I even forgot to change cds occasionally, listening to the blissful silence. I did try to suffer through, and finally cut it short in the middle of the last cd.

Author Details

Author Details

Christakis, Nicholas A.

Nicholas A. Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of medicine and sociology at the University of Chicago.