Friday, August 28, 2009

Next one that'll be pulled off the shelf

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. Christakis and Fowler, which have repeatedly made front-page news nationwide.

In CONNECTED, the authors explain why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer, even how we find and choose our partners. Intriguing and entertaining, CONNECTED overturns the notion of the individual and provides 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.
After reading the description of this book, some may say this sounds obvious - why would anyone read a full book on how we influence eachother. But to me, with my own opinions on this, I'm interested in learning other viewpoints, especially if it comes from a couple of PhD's. I love science, and utilizing it in this daily routine we call life, as well as studying how we can be influenced fascinates me. Hence, making this my next read!