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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,035 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:
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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!


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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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