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Social contagion

Posted by sprague on May 9, 2010

The newspapers are saying a social plague has struck mankind. Scientists contend that everything from obesity to happiness to loneliness can be “socially contagious”—meaning that if your friend gets fat, gets happy or grows lonely, you are at increased risk of doing the same. The leading advocates for the new social contagionism are sociologist Nicholas Christakis and political scientist James Fowler.

(via Instapaper)

Social contagion


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