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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler Narrator: Nicholas A. Christakis Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780743579117
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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.. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In a category of works of brilliant originality that can stimulate and enlighten and can sometimes even change the way we understand the world.” 

    New York Times

  • Connected explores the startling intricacies of social networks.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine 

  • “A clever, cogent, and enjoyable look at the latest thinking about humans in community. It provides a swath of important research in one place for readers and makes it a stimulating read.”  

    Boston Globe

  • “An intellectual but accessible approach. The authors make a persuasive case for the power of social networks to affect everything and everyone.”    

    Business Week

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/18/2014

    " 'Connected' is an excellent blend of theory and observation. Expect to take notes throughout the 1st half to fully appreciate the more anecdotal 2nd half. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emre Erdogan | 2/16/2014

    " Excellent book about the power of networks. You need 6 person to reach anybody in this world. Maximum number of managable friends: 150. And, facebook is not a network :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Des Orf | 2/10/2014

    " Fashinating and absorbing A really must read book for citizens of 21st century! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 2/7/2014

    " A nice overview of research on social networks and how they affect the patterns and dynamics of the distribution of a huge variety of things, such as infectious disease, smoking and voting practices. It also looks at the effects of technology (particularly email and social-networking sites) on our networks. It's pretty light on the maths but explains core concepts clearly and with a lot of diagrams, and has a ton of citations to papers, books and newspaper articles should you wish to dig deeper into any of the topics covered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/7/2014

    " How humans behave like schools of fish or flocks of birds, or how your friend's friends make you fat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Nelson | 1/30/2014

    " Very interesting look at how our lives are influenced by our networks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 1/23/2014

    " So far some interesting, but not new, thoughts on how ideas and behavior spread like disease. A good behavior like quitting smoking or a bad one like ...moreSo far some interesting, but not new, thoughts on how ideas and behavior spread like disease. A good behavior like quitting smoking or a bad one like obesity can both be idea/behaviors that spread. - You are likely to behavior similar to those around you and you are likely to surround yourself with those that are like you. True to some extent, but I'd like to think it isn't as true as the author seems to think. - He is much to preoccupied with the connected networks of sexual activity and the spread of sexually transmitted disease. Using the example for a chapter is plenty. He doesn't need to bring every chapter back to it. If that is his attempt at finding connection between the chapters of the book it is a poor one. -- Not halfway, but becoming bored. Got about two-thirds of the way, but didn't finish this one. Similar to Freakeconomics and books of that nature, but not as well done. Disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 1/20/2014

    " A fun read by respected researchers. It has made me look at myself and the world differently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Sabbatini | 1/16/2014

    " Really insightful text about how we form social networks in life (not only online, obviously) and how we could use knowledge of these networks to take control of certain situations. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eryn | 12/23/2013

    " Had some really interesting stuff but also got a little too technical for me and it seemed really long "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 11/13/2013

    " Surprisingly good. Research results re impact of social networks were not terribly exciting. But the details of the analysis were fairly interesting. Recommend for data geeks - there are some pretty cool data sets profiled =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Moss | 11/3/2013

    " Fascinating read, with many revealing insights About social networks. It feels like the research requires a certain level of "buy-in". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 6/12/2013

    " Interesting premises, but some holes even to this laymen and to many others in the scientific community. Appropriate skpeticism should be applied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 5/4/2013

    " This is a good read if you take all claims about causality with a grain of salt, more as theories and philosophy than as science. The observations of correlation seem well-founded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 3/23/2013

    " Good, but not great. Flew through it though. I guess I wanted to hear more about the Facebook phenomenon....maybe in a different book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/19/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of good studies cited showing the magnitude of the effect that social networks have on our lives. It left me with much to think about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Campbell | 7/21/2012

    " I will write something smart and awesome about how much I loved this book very soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Todd Hagen | 11/14/2011

    " On CD four of nine. So far, I'm finding it very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 9/13/2011

    " interesting but too textbookish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 9/6/2011

    " I was amazed to think further about some of the research conducted and reported in this book. It gave me an amazing amount of information to consider in my life and day-to-day work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 6/18/2011

    " This was a good read. It reminded me of Teilhard de Chardin's theory about humankind evolving toward the Omega point. I learned a little about the mechanisms of influence among people and the description of political polarization was really good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/28/2011

    " On CD four of nine. So far, I'm finding it very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/15/2011

    " 'Connected' is an excellent blend of theory and observation. Expect to take notes throughout the 1st half to fully appreciate the more anecdotal 2nd half. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 3/15/2011

    " I will write something smart and awesome about how much I loved this book very soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Norman | 3/2/2011

    " An exceptionally insightful, informative and instructive primer based on hard science about the immense influencing power inherent in social network organism! A must-read for all serious social media practitioners and users. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 9/4/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of good studies cited showing the magnitude of the effect that social networks have on our lives. It left me with much to think about. "

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About the Author
Author Nicholas A. Christakis

Nicholas A. Christakis is a physician, social scientist, and professor in the departments of medicine, health care policy, and sociology at Harvard. For more than ten years he has been obsessed with how social networks form and function. Prior to this obsession, he had another one—namely, improving the care of the dying in society. As a hospice doctor and researcher, he studied ways to improve the care of the terminally ill and advocated for their interests. In fact, it was his research into the widower effect, a topic that has concerned scientists for more than 150 years, that first kindled his interest in social networks. If the death of one spouse can increase the risk of death of the other, he thought surely other things could also spread between pairs of people and between larger numbers of connected human beings. His lab at Harvard studies the mathematical, biological, and social underpinnings of social networks. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2009.